PSN Outage Roundup

Its the Millennium Bug all over again! The Internet has been broken for some days now, with many sites down due to a major Amazon Server Breakdown, its not been the best week for Internet power users. And now to top top off that, the PlayStation Network has been out for almost four days now (as of April 24th), the biggest question is, of course, does Skynet have something to do with this?

Here’s what we know so far:

First and foremost, the breakdown was not caused by the Amazon incident, as some thought (neither was it Skynet). It was in fact *allegedly* caused by hackers. Here is what Sony senior director, corporate communications and social media, Patrick Seybold had to say on the matter in a blog post:

An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. In order to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services going forward, we turned off PlayStation Network & Qriocity services on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th. Providing quality entertainment services to our customers and partners is our utmost priority. We are doing all we can to resolve this situation quickly, and we once again thank you for your patience. We will continue to update you promptly as we have additional information to share.

So, an ‘External Intrusion’ eh? Who could do such a thing?! Well, some have thought that Hackers Anonymous could be to blame and a recent post on their Facebook page backs up that claim:

“Take a break from online gaming for a while…..it will help your skills, your health, and your emotional levels, which by the way are a bit out of order if they are being shackled by the PSN being down,” it says. “We have no qualms about our actions, even though it may affect fellow anonymous or supporters… we hope they understand the bigger picture.”

However, organizations like this have ben know to take credit for breakdowns in the past, so who’s to say that this time is any different?

It is not known if those responsible managed to hack into personal accounts or damage any personal information that users have stored on Sony’s servers, but if that is the case I’m sure that people will be fully reimbursed by Sony for their losses. As for the case of PSN+ users having some sort of compensation for their loss of paid online time, Sony have not reported on the matter, so it looks like nothing will be done, and why should it? Networks go down all the time and if companies had to pay out each time a server breaks they’d be way out of pocket!

All we can do now is wait for updates on the matter and I think the best place to do so is at the Playstation blog – http://blog.us.playstation.com

Source: Playstion Blog/HA Facebook page

GS Reporter: Tom

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