Sony Confirms That PlayStation Network Downtime Is Due to “External Intrusion”

A couple of days back, Sony’s PlayStation Network and Qriocity services went offline without any prior notice. Immediately speculation began to mount that “Anonymous”, an infamous band of hacktivists, had succeeded in hacking the PSN. Anonymous had earlier taken issue with Sony’s strong stance against jailbreaking of the PS3, and the treatment meted to Geohot. It had threatened to fight back against Sony. However, after initially causing intermittent outages of PSN, Anon decided to stop its attempts to knock out the PSN, in order to avoid inconveniencing users.

Now, Sony has finally broken its silence, and has confirmed that the PlayStation Network and Qriocity were taken offline due to “an external intrusion”. Anonymous has, however, distanced itself from the hacking of the PSN through its press release titled “For Once We Didn’t Do It”. The release states that, “While it is possible that other Anons have acted by themselves, AnonOps was not related to this incident and does not take responsibility for whatever has happened”.


Irrespestive of the cause of the outage, this is bad news for gamers all over the world. Sony hasn’t clarified how long the outages are likely to continue; however, there is a good chance that the services will not be restored within the next couple of days. This means that PS3 owners are going to have a long weekend.

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  • Here it is Monday, April 25th, 2011 and I still keep getting error messages. Under the advice of someone who’d said this worked for them the last time there was an outage, I’d reset my PS3’s factory settings and lost all my friends on my friend’s list and the Ad Hoc Party program I downloaded with no way of getting it all back because I can’t sign up with the PSN since it’s still down.

    • Gian

      this is just amazing how a simple PSN down can brake any player that loves online. its just AMAZING in a STUPID way.

  • Nig Hers STANK

    So when does FFVII come out???????