Since Wednesday, the Sony PlayStation Network and official website are suffering from severe down time. The official blog first reported the outages two days ago. Although Sony has assured the gamer community they are hard at work to remedy the situation, things do not look promising.
Yesterday, Patrick Seybold, Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Social Media, alerted players via the Official PlayStation blog, “that it may be a full day or two before [Sony is] able to get the service completely back up and running”. Today, players trying to log in will still see a screen notifying them that the “PlayStation Network is currently undergoing maintenance”. The service maximizes the potential of the console letting players download games, TV shows, movies, and play games online.
Any server down time is a huge inconvenience for players. Although Sony is attempting to solve the problem, there is a possibility this is another DDoS attack similar to the one we reported two weeks ago. If so, this would make a quick fix rather unlikely. Approximately two weeks ago, Anon began Operation Payback. These were a series of organized attacks on Sony’s websites and services in protest against the legal action against George Hotz a.k.a GeoHot. His hack allowed users to jailbreak their consoles giving players access to custom firmware, homebrew applications, and even illegally downloaded games. Sony got very upset and attempted to shut down GeoHot, which sparked the Anon attacks. However, both parties reached a settlement on April 11th. Anonymous called off their army and services went back to normal.
Although these attacks strongly resemble the situation from two weeks ago, AnonOps—the individuals responsible for Operation Payback two weeks ago—has released the message above saying, “for once [they] didn’t do it”. This seems legitimate considering last weeks DDoS’s were a targeted protest in support of GeoHot and with the legal situation put to rest, AnonOps has little reason to strike again. However, this does not mean that other third-party groups might be attacking Sony for other reasons. Also, it is possible that Sony really is just suffering from some unfortunate downtime. Regardless of who or why the PSN is down, this gamer hopes things will get fixed as soon as possible.
UPDATE: In response to either the community’s growing frustration or recent discoveries, Seybold posted a new blog post revealing that “an external intrusion [has] affected [the] PlayStation Network and Qriocity services”. However, Sony has yet to reveal the actual culprits involved in the intrusion, but it is very unlikely that AnonOps are involved. After all, the group tends to enjoy taking credit for the companies they are able to topple. As previously mentioned, they have said they were not involved in this particular attack. Seybold has yet to reveal any concrete dates on when the PSN and its related features will be fully functioning, but Skatter Tech will be updating this page when news is made available.
UPDATE 2: Seybold has released another statement updating players on the status of the PSN and Qriocity services. He has promised that Sony is “working around the clock to bring [services] back online”. Unfortunately, the recent external intrusion along with AnonOps’ previous DDoS protest has prompted the PlayStation team to rebuild their system “to further strengthen [their] network infrastructure” and prevent future attacks. This means, however, that accessing online features may be down longer than previously announced. Check back for more updates as we hear them.
Links: Sony PlayStation | AnonNews
i have to say that this is just proof that we all need to remember that Sony has made it simple for the end users to experience a free network, which also enables them to be able to use us as test monkeys…… we are all pissed off that the psn is down, but rather then jumping ship we are all whining on websites, and posting on twitter, why dont you just sit back and relax and enjoy life, maybe go look at your lawn, do some yardwork, look at your spouse and remember why you married them, awhh hell just get off your lazy butt and enjoy life. becuase Sony does not care about your whining and posting, if they did they would of had this fixed before it was even a global issue.
Maybe your a kid and don’t have a wife or lawn because u live in an apartment and have been playing sports an doing homework all week and just want to play a damn game during Easter break with your friends!
There is this weird thing invented long ago called board games….lol
Lol…i have a fever and can’t be in contact with people…not very fun playin monopoly alone is it?
Read a book.
I’m a girl…jk hahaha
Hey, maybe you can think of Jesus? It’s kind of his weekend, ya know. So, Happy Zombie Day to all!
YES board games, how boring
then go play outside and be an actual child… easter weekend or christmas weekend. video games should not run your life… this is just more drama played by sony to help introduce their new pay for play service that they have been talking about for years…. so dont put me on blast because you have no life out side of the digital world. I am a gamer and I love merkin noobs… but at the same time. SO F_ING what…… get over it
lol…I agree for a couple days America is out of its trance…lol
well let me put mt 2 cents in ya it realy suck that psn is down but at least we can get some stuff done around the home …..i play COD alot and just made prestige 15 AND was on my way to the gold guns now this set me back …….
talk about no life :)
thts wat im sayin i was bouta get colored clan tags
shut up fag
Forgive me for not trusting AnonOps is all of a sudden on our side. A bunch of drug using (I know their type) anarchists act like attacking the “big evil Sony” is something noble. AnonOps, you do NOTHING for others. You are not on our side, you are not our friend, Sony is not the devil, you are refuse of the world. Do something that matters, you worthless swine.
I’ve been playing downloaded games illegally on my second jailbreaked PS3 while i wait for PSN to be fixed.
you are the fag i was doing good on black ops butt when i woke up an error has been apon us and easter week is boring PUT IT BACK UP im only 11
Said well. besides it going down on easter break u get to spend more time with friends and family then sitting on your but all the time. It may just be a good thing.
I have spent the last couple days fixing all the little things around the house and even started a new wood project!
Im so upet i just struck my wife
awesome, gotta do it to keep them in line sometimes! however, it would be nice if they could at least come out with a patch to use netflix atleast!
Netflix still works…When it tells you that they are down for maintenance, just push the back button and wait for it to load…Ive been watching it everyday.
Thanks for that bit of info…not being able to watch netflix or hulu while psn is down has really been pissing me off…
Hitting the back button us not working for me…
start netflix try signing in and let it fail thats what ive been doing it will load up netflix and let u use it anyway
lol great work
i think that hackers are the reason why and SONY is trying to block all of them…i cant play any of my games with meeting a hacker …BS
UGHHHH! I need some COD in my life!
who needs ca? kinda like aa but for call of duty. is this realy happining now fuk
Tell me about it! I have 2 days off and all I want to do is get in my COD trance till I pass out!
Fucken suxs alright!!
Is Sony going to give it’s customers any kind of reimbursement or coupon for the interruption in gaming?
probably not, tead the end user agreement sometime, for the plus members, they might tack on a month of free service though
Yes, I’m sure Sony will refund your monthly bill for PSN. How much was that again? Oh yeah…
Why in the Hell would they??????? We don’t pay to play online….
oh wow, he was being sarcastic ‘oh yeah….’
I totally support anyone willing to go up against Sony, However, I am a little ticked off that on my relaxing days off I can’t even watch Netflix because it uses the PSN account. I pay NETFLIX for the NETFLIX service and the fact that Sony has made the service unusable because THEIR network is down is ridiculous. Wish I had a yard to go take care of!
Netflix works, I’m watching it right now, would rather be doing Mortal Kombat Online… but– I beat MK Story mode, got some trophies….. Games arn’t *just* multiplayer, so… quit your slackjawing. start a campain on super hard mode and go nuts.
I want to play my bfbc2 or zombies on black ops
net flix works fine just keep trying to sign in when netflix is loading it will eventualy load netflix and be able to watch everything
I noticed the same thing, I can’t load Netflix either. I’m also upset since I just got my copy of Portal 2 and I need to activate it on my PS3 before I can play the PC version on my laptop. I can’t make that happen until the PSN network is back up. Just sucks.
calm down drink a beer and if the network is still down by sunday go on a shooting frenzy. psn is down world wide time get the call of dutyworld at war at least u can still play multiplayer at home with people you know (offline play)
dude this stinks
dude this stinks
Why don’t Sony and PSN just roll back the updates?? Send the consoles a previous update file and let us install it and send back the current one. I know its gonna take ah lil while but if it ah get me back to my CoD black ops so be it… To me I don’t think Anonymous is the blame for it. They came to a settlement, but once again one or few of them could have acted on the own. And for someone who said the internet work and not the network. Your internet on the system works because the internet in your home works that runs through your ip address not the systems nor psn. They just need to get it together. They should give games couple bucks and their psn accounts just for sticking with them instead of switching to 360. Psn id:king_spadez513
Good thing I also have an Xbox 360!!!
i agree with chris. psn is free get over it. they are working hard. yes i am a little upset coming home from hard work in flordia and it being spring break but oh well. ITS FREE. i never had any problem with psn with the 2 years i’ve had my ps3. they are working hard and its not an easy job people. take your time and resolve the matter right psn. y’all rock
PSN might be free but I’m paying to watch MLB and I can’t because PS Network is down “undergoing maintenance.”
That’s right. And I think it’s because of the hackers.
im so f*cking mad!!!!!! im a 12 year old and all i want to do is quikscope my friends and i cant do that the 1 f*cking weekend that im not grounded and home… while my brother took my xbox and is playing it right now is haveing a hell of a time with his friends!!!!!!
If i was ur mother id beat ur @$$ for using that language
Wow. I’m 12. But. Whats the use of cursing? How is that going to help it?
Dude, get a life play some sports get outside
Hey mate how bout next time done be a little $hit and gt grounded mayb that will tech you a lesson
And THIS… Is why I only play PC games. :D
Sony’s password is like 1234. Come on Its my spring break and I didn’t Buy my Playstation for this problem every year.
mine 2 it sux
3days and counting will hurt Sony . totally unacceptable!! I’m thinking about jumping ship and and buying an xbox. Online games are the rage so if u cutoff the half of the gaming community you become a useless gaming console. WTF!!!!
Latest update from http://www.blog.us.Playstation.com
“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. “
Does anyone even use that Qriocity thing?
all netflix watchers, i am watching netflix right now on my ps3 sounds a little bit werid huh? all i did was turn my ps3 on go to netflix and when it says u need to sign in click sign in then it will give u the error message then click X and let netflix run then the sign in will come back up do the same thing until netflix loads completely
I have been watching netflix as well. Strange how it works but i noticed that the titles for all the movies are stuck together. Is that the same case for you? Sony’s best bet is to fix this b4 Microsoft hires some more saboteurs. I pay for netflix and Qriocity music player and I definitely am not getting my 18 bucks worth this month. Maybe it does pay to play. Damn you Bill Gates!!!!!!
get it running im about to prestiege for the 15th time
Playstation3 suck I can play soscom4 it suck ass I’m goin to sale my ps3 today
netflix works. but is it trigger time yet!!!
Hey dude, can’t you spell a word?
I’m suspended for 7 days any how for text abuse and harassment. So I could careless with what’s going on PSN right now. I’m gonna do that yard work y’all
Are talking about tommorow.
Franco that’s what you get for being an “Internet Tough Guy”. Douche bags like you running your neck online because you have insecurity issues stemming from your childhood. Suckas like you would never get all puffed up like that in person. Open mouth and enter foot Rocky. Hey what a great time for this when they just dropped Socom 4, Mortal Kombat and Portal 2 Tuesday. Well I already beat the Socom Campain on Normal I guess it’s time for Hard then see whats next, Veteran? Oh wait I think it’s time to hit some skins….best way to pass time……boom-chicka-bow-wow lol.
Well, everyone that plays COD should think of playing “Campaign” I Just found all of the hidden intel. By looking at Youtube. Everyone should really be trying to get all the trophies not “Multiplayer”
where is it
Go on youtube and search “Hidden intel Black ops”
True that bro but ive platinum already so i did some world @ war campaign :)
I wonder how much Sony is losing each day? I know I’m gaining my life back without it…so my wife says! Hurry up Sony and quit hacking them you hacking people!
lets hope we get online again