The PlayStation Network is down across the globe, with users across Europe and the United States reporting an inability to log in or use the PSN. While Sony says it's looking into the matter, the company acknowledges it could be a cyberattack.
On Sony Europe's official site, the company posted the following notice:
As you are no doubt aware, the current emergency outage is continuing this afternoon and all Sony Online Network services remain unavailable. Our support teams are investigating the cause of the problem, including the possibility of targeted behaviour by an outside party. If the reported Network problems are indeed caused by such acts, we would like to once again thank our customers who have borne the brunt of the attack through interrupted service. Our engineers are continuing to work to restore and maintain the services, and we appreciate our customers’ continued support. For further information, please refer to updates on PlayStation.com, here on PlayStation.Blog and via our @PlayStationEU twitter feed.
Sony was recently the target of "Anonymous," a loose collective of internet pranksters and activists, due to its lawsuit over hacking of the PlayStation 3. The group (or really, a nameless person claiming to be a member of the group) issued a statement saying Sony "abused the judicial system in an attempt to censor information about how your products work", "victimized [its] own customers merely for possessing and sharing information" and of violated "the privacy of thousands of innocent people who only sought the free distribution of information."
Since Sony settled the lawsuit that caused the initial threat from Anonymous, you'd think the hackers would have moved on to other targets, but perhaps not. As of yet, no group has taken credit for downing the PSN, and the results are not in as to what caused the actual outage. We'll give you more information as it develops.
The PlayStation Network outages may take longer than expected to fix. In an update on the PlayStation Blog corporate communications director Patrick Seybold said it might last "a full day or two."
While we are investigating the cause of the Network outage, we wanted to alert you that it may be a full day or two before we’re able to get the service completely back up and running. Thank you very much for your patience while we work to resolve this matter. Please stay tuned to this space for more details, and we'll update you again as soon as we can.
It's hard to imagine worse timing for Sony, as this comes during the launch of multiplayer-focused SOCOM 4, the cross-platform Steamworks debut of Portal 2, the Infamous 2 beta test, and the fighting game Mortal Kombat. Sony's servers are probably being taxed to the bone, but the word "investigation" seems to imply there's more at work here. We'll keep an eye on the situation.
[Original Story] The PlayStation Network has been suffering outages last night and into today. In a near superhuman display of vagueness, Sony senior director of corporate communications Patrick Seybold has issued a statement. "We're aware certain functions of PlayStation Network are down," he said. "We will report back here as soon as we can with more information."
The problem seems to be affecting more than one region, but Sony is staying mum across the map. Kotaku reports that Sony Help Desk employees were given a memo claiming that the outages are due to "emergency maintenance."
Though it could be unrelated, the hacker group Anonymous staged a series of denial of service attacks only a few weeks ago, in retaliation for its case against PS3 hackers George Hotz and Graf_Chokolo. The group halted the attacks and apologized for negatively impacting users when the target was Sony itself.
Sony ultimately settled the suit with Hotz, but Anonymous promised to keep its anti-Sony campaign going. The group's latest public effort was a sit-in at Sony stores.