Sony's PlayStation Network hit by "external intrusion"

Sony's PlayStation Network hit by "external intrusion"

Summary: Sony confirms that its PlayStation Network and Qriocity Services have been hit by "external intrusion."

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Sony confirms that its PlayStation Network and Qriocity Services have been hit by external intrusion."

In order to "verify the smooth and secure operation" of the services Sony pulled the plug on both services April 20th. Currently there's no word on when service will be restored or any more details related to the incident.

More information when it becomes available.

Topics: Networking, Hardware, Mobility

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  • RE: Sony's PlayStation Network hit by

    Sony have been hit with many intrusions before. They should be know that they are going to be attacked and be prepared for it. To lose PSN over the Bank Holiday Weekend is unacceptable.

    Jogj99
    jogj99
  • RE: Sony's PlayStation Network hit by

    Sony is one of the biggest gaming companys out thier , did they know that people hack into all thing's . Why did they not perpair for this kind of stuff ?? I miss my online play get it together !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    racecars51
  • dc universe player's (funds?)

    what about the dc universe players who paid funds in advance? will sony take care of the missing days from outage?
    kungfu_joe100
  • something is fishy

    what is really going on? powerful company sony, weak hackers no funds involved?, xbox untouched? hmmm. DC UNIVERSE is not even worried about their customers?
    kungfu_joe100
  • You get what you pay for it seems

    For all those who complain about Live costing $50/year, this is what happens when your service is free. The company has no real motivation to get it online quickly. 3 days for an outage is completely unacceptable. No one would let MS slide on it. And as far as I know there hasn't been anything like it on the XBox.
    LiquidLearner
    • Yup!

      @LiquidLearner I agree and this is from someone who uses both PSN and Xbox Live.
      statuskwo5
    • RE: Sony's PlayStation Network hit by

      @LiquidLearner, how about 2008s 15 day xbox live outage?

      http://kotaku.com/#!341008
      orlox
      • RE: Sony's PlayStation Network hit by

        @orlox That was intermittent and only for some users over that time period not the complete system/user wide outage's that Sony is experiencing now.
        AboveAverageJoe
      • RE: Sony's PlayStation Network hit by

        @AboveAverageJoe, it might not be the same, but it certainly contradicts what @LiquidLearner said, "there hasn't been anything like it on the XBox".

        Or even perhaps you can go back not too long ago, to when some people discovered how to generate codes for xbox live point cards. It's true that the network wasnt' put down because of that, and it didn't produce a direct negative impact on legal users, but still, it clearly shows that paying for a service doesn't imply it will be rock solid and secure.
        orlox
  • RE: Sony's PlayStation Network hit by

    I believe you get what you pay for. I have both PS3 and xBox 360 for the fact that I have friends on both Networks. I would pay for a service anyday to know I was getting a service that comes with that dollar value. I am sure others would pay a membership also to ensure better security and up-keep. LiquidLearner, I agree with you 100%, a 3 day outage is unacceptable.
    IntelHungry
  • RE: Sony's PlayStation Network hit by

    Adrian do you mean to say that if you own a PS3 right now and your trying to play a game "online" - which requires the access to the playstation network if I'm not mistaken, you won't be able to play it? I mean obviously you could play campaign mode or through a local network but not on the global playstation network? Or am I confused here? I'm a xbox/pc guy right now, boy am I happy I don't own a PS3 right now, I'd be shaking just from the title Adrian - as you can imagine I'm sure, lol!

    Cheers and thanks for the heads-up,
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    masterjere
    • RE: Sony's PlayStation Network hit by

      @masterjere
      You can still play over a LAN, and the offline games like normal. The Playstation Network is down. Most likely the target of a DOS attack.
      Rick_K
  • RE: Sony's PlayStation Network hit by

    or you can, you know, just play these online games on a PC, where online is free, because you're already paying for internet, you can have your own servers, and you can mod.

    I mean, I don't like xbox at all, but I don't see why anyone who predominantly enjoy online multiplayer gaming bothers with the PS3 at all! Xbox is only slightly better, except you have to pay to play games online when you're already paying for internet as is.

    Go game on steam!
    khaosklub
  • RE: Sony's PlayStation Network hit by

    I find it funny that right after it is announced that the PS 3 moved ahead of the xbox 360,this happens. I have a sneaky suspicion, that someone with a PS 3 SDK is behind this. Someone has serious issues with the PS 3, but the real question is this: who is responsible for this attack? What are they trying to achieve?
    Rick_K
    • RE: Sony's PlayStation Network hit by

      @Rick_K I didn't see that announcement, I saw that they were catching up but had not yet passed them.
      slickjim
      • RE: Sony's PlayStation Network hit by

        @Peter Perry <br>At the end of 2010 Sonys installed base was 500,000 more than the xbox 360. I figure that hackers are attacking it due to the larger user base.

        References:

        http://www.gamespy.com/articles/115/1159284p1.html
        According to research firm Strategy Analytics, the PlayStation 3 has now surpassed the 43.4 million marker worldwide, putting it ahead of the Xbox 360 (42.9 million) for the first time.



        http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/33854/Analysts_PS3_Passes_Xbox_360_Worldwide_Nintendo_Successor_Within_A_Year.php
        ...the active install base of PS3s reached 43.4 million at the close of 2010 versus Xbox 360's 42.9. million
        Rick_K
      • RE: Sony's PlayStation Network hit by

        @Peter Perry Ive seen this rumor a number of times and I think the correct context is that it has surpassed the 360 inthe UK by 1million units, but it still like 10 mill back worldwide, from what I read it was an analyst making a projection that the ps3 would overtake the 360.

        Anywho one wayor the other, i am very dissappointed - this is not the 1st time the ps3 has let me down and I really thought is was the old firmware issue where it could not see the network and my media server at the same time, so I was going batty. I am glad its a general outage and not confined to a single area, but the same issue remains - I am paying 15 per month to play dcuonline. am I to be reimbusred .50 per day for everyday this thing is offline?
        DS-Solutions
      • RE: Sony's PlayStation Network hit by

        @DS-Solutions
        From everything I have read, the Playstation 3 has passed the xbox 360 and in gaining more installed users. The links I posted are from console gaming sources, not manufacturers websites.
        Rick_K
      • RE: Sony's PlayStation Network hit by

        @Rick_K,
        According to VGChartz, X360 still ahead, but not by much. So it looks like both are likely even. Let's see how this year goes.

        http://www.vgchartz.com/home.php
        dvm
      • RE: Sony's PlayStation Network hit by

        @dvm
        Those are total units shipped; the numbers I use (and are the ones, in my opinion, are more realistic) are the installed base. Shipping units to replace warranty repairs, and shipping to stores is not the same as sold to consumers.
        Rick_K