Sony has posted an update regarding the downtime of the PlayStation Network, which has been an ongoing situation since Wednesday.
All sorts of rumours have been flying around, such as whether this has something to do with Amazon’s major EC2 outage (apparently not), or whether it’s the work of malicious hackers.
Apparently the latter is indeed the case, as on both the US and EU PlayStation blog pages, Sony has posted an update on the situation which blames an “external intrusion on our system” which has clobbered PSN and Qriocity, the movie streaming service.
Sony stated: “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 there you have it. Obviously, it’s quite a major issue, as PSN is now down for a third day running, and that really isn’t sitting well with many PS3 gamers. Especially seeing as a number of big name multiplayer games have emerged this week, such as Portal 2, Mortal Kombat and SOCOM 4.
Fingers have been pointed at Anonymous as potentially behind the downing of the gaming network, although AnonNews has officially denied this was the case. However, the spokesperson for the loose collective of cyber-activists did admit that it could be members acting under their own steam.
AnonNews wrote: “While it could be the case that other Anons have acted by themselves AnonOps was not related to this incident and takes no responsibility for it.”
The Escapist spotted a contradictory statement on the Anonymous Facebook page, however, which claimed they had instigated the attack: “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.”
“We have no qualms about our actions, even though it may affect fellow anonymous or supporters… we hope they understand the bigger picture.”
They later added: “You can’t shoot people in real life, therefore you play a game and go online to shoot people. But now that you’ve also been denied that you rage mindlessly, maybe it’s about time you put your mind to productive use?”
The “rage” referring to the huge raft of complaints floating about the net and on the PS blogs. Whether or not PSN will be back up today isn’t clear. We’ll keep monitoring the blog for further updates.