Sony’s PlayStation Network is in its second day of being inaccessible to users. The rumors are flying around about who did it. Did what? Well it seems that someone has hacked into the their systems. How do we know? The told us.
See Seybold’s statement from official PlayStation blog below :
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.
The PlayStation Network is a way for users to download movies, TV shows, and games over the Web to a PlayStation. Access to the network is free, though users have to pay for some of the content. The network is also tied into Sony’s training sight. The Retail Loyalty Site is also down with only “We are doing maintenance” sign up. We know the outage was caused by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. Two weeks ago, the hacker group known as Anonymous took down several Sony Web sites in a DDoS attack in response to Sony’s legal battle against a PlayStation Network user known as “GeoHot.” The company sued the user, whose real name is George Hotz, for jailbreaking his PlayStation 3 and distributing the tools for others to do the same thing.
Sony and Hotz reached a legal settlement April 11.
Anonymous has not claimed credit for the current outage and has already said it was not them. That they had no time to devise a new strategy against Sony and “entirely lost interest.” The PSN (Play Station Network) is free but PSN Plus is a subscription available to PSN users for $50 a year for early access to games and exclusive content. How, if and when Sony plans to compensate them is unknown at the moment.