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PSN Outage Caused By “An External Intrusion”, Says Sony

by Ernice Gilbert on April 22nd, 2011, under Hot, News, PS3, Sony

The PlayStation Network has been down for the past few days, and up until now, the only update Sony’s given us was that they were investigating the situation, and would keep us posted about what’s going on through new updates. Well the latest update has arrived and Sony’s admitted an “external intrusion” caused the outage, and that they are working tirelessly to restore the service.

No date as to when PSN would be back online was divulged. However it did seem as if they’d found the problem and a solution, but wanted to make sure that everything was secure before sending the service online.

“An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services,” said Patrick Seybold, Sr. Director, Corporate Communications & Social Media. “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,” he concluded.

Many have speculated that Anonymous was responsible for the latest attacks, but the hacktivist group’s come out and denied any involvement. There denial, however, didn’t stop the FBI from going after them, and now the story’s getting worldwide attention, with over 40 arrest warrants issued for group members.

We’re hoping for the speedy return of PSN, but in the meantime, here’s five things you can do with your PS3….offline.


  1. Sat, 23rd Apr 2011 at 4:12 am

    hope its resolved soon, rumors are saying were getting a surprise portal 2 DLC pack tomorrow.
    wonder what it can be.
    have not finished it yet, hopefully tonight its talking longer then what i expected which is good.
    not enjoying it as much as the original but its still a fantastic game!

  2. Sat, 23rd Apr 2011 at 4:35 am

    bank holiday weekend and no KZ3 AAAAARRRGGGHHHHHHH

    might have to paint some orange eyes on a crash helmet and go scare the neighbours……..ya know to get my fix.

  3. Sat, 23rd Apr 2011 at 7:15 am

    That’d be a good scare, Dean! @Nick: I too hope it’s resolved soon. This cannot bode well for Portal 2 on PS3 and Steam integration.

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