Playstation Network (PSN) Down Official Update

Posted on Apr 23 2011 - 11:55am by Richard Sharp

As we are sure you are aware the Playstation Network has been down since Wednesday and yesterday we were informed by way of the official Playstation blog that it could remain this way for up to 48 hours. Gamers all over the world waited for news that didn’t come yesterday and this morning we have a little more to share.

This time it’s from Patrick Seybold, Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Social Media at Sony. He has confirmed that an ‘external intrusion’ has caused the PSN network downtime, he said : “An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services.” We presumably means some kind of hack or disruption caused by a third party service or group.

Now we know that the hacking group Anonymous have denied any involvement, publicly at least. This didn’t stop a few people commenting that it was in fact them on our post yesterday. So what’s Sony doing about it?

They say they turned off the PSN network to “verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services”, which makes good sense when you consider the personal information they hold of the 70 million strong subscriber base the PSN network has. However comforting this is it doesn’t stop people asking the all important question, how long will the network be down?

Sadly the statement doesn’t give any deadlines, instead it simply points out “We are doing all we can to resolve this situation quickly, and we once again thank you for your patience.” It seems gamers will have to continue to wait, we will bring you more information ad and when we have it.

What have you been doing to pass the time and what do you make of the above?
Via: PS blog

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Richard Sharp is the founder of gadgetsandgizmos.org. He loves technology, gadgets (comes with the territory) and social media. You'll find him writing features, attending events and playing with cool tech. Life's good.

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  1. Mr_Ugon April 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    I wish they would hurry up!! Or is it a coincidence that it's Easter, and the servers will be busier than normal? Hmmmmm………..

  2. UDNTHAVE2NO April 23, 2011 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    SONY ARE GAYYYYYYYYYYYYY, MICROSOFT NEVER HAVE THESE PROBLEMS

    • WogBoy120 April 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm - Reply

      if MICROSOFT got hack it will have the same thing hapens

      • paul haddon April 24, 2011 at 11:29 am - Reply

        there xbox die or get the red light of death in the 1st 3 weeks scince u buy it

    • jaya April 24, 2011 at 3:45 am - Reply

      you are absoletely right, sony are gAY. they even don't have good recovery plan. i am going to throw that out and going to buy xbox 360 soon.

      • hij April 24, 2011 at 5:26 pm - Reply

        that isnt true xbox 360 wil have the same if not worse affects

  3. annoyed sweaty gamer April 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    bastards taking the network down

  4. .... April 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Total bull

  5. bob April 23, 2011 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    looks like its time too get drunk

  6. D347H April 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    hACKERS SHOULD BE MADE TO EAT THEIR COMPUTERS,BIT BY BIT,AND MAY THE COMPUTER PARTS HACK THEIR INSIDES TO PIECES!!

    • Anon-not anon? April 24, 2011 at 3:00 am - Reply

      YESSS LOL!

    • Michael April 24, 2011 at 10:31 pm - Reply

      lol… bit… computer…

  7. dennis April 23, 2011 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    hell yeah it happend to xbl too.
    last year or so it went down for bout 2 weeks or so.

    its just sad hackers are doing this.
    what are they trying to accomplish anyway?
    if the have any guts the give free there own privete info.

    its not sony’s fault cause no matter the protection hackers will find a way in.

    i just think hackers should get hanged on the highest tree there is

    • hij April 24, 2011 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      exactly it might have been worse than this

    • CMON PSN!!!!! April 24, 2011 at 6:18 pm - Reply

      Not true. Banks etc have secuirty up the ass, how many people you know rob a bank online? None i recall. The technology is there, but with PSN… Well they are way behind. It takes something to happen before they think, "hey, maybe we should upgrade the security on our network". They should have thought of upgrading when Microsofts XBOX live went down for 2 weeks. These guys may hire the right people for the jobs, but the ones sitting at the big desk in the skyscraper downdown that run Sony are ALL well… idiots sorry to say. I MISS CRYSIS 2!!!! lol.

  8. Krkwormkilla_ April 23, 2011 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    there was talk about the 'ANNONYMOUS" froup 3 weeks ago on the psn. sony prosecuted a member of the microsoft team for hacking there network last year. this is in retaliation for his prosecution. his fellow friends decided sony had to pay dearly. well how much money do u think sony is losing right now? they are going to seek out these hackers. sony is the 5th largest electronic business in the world. they have the best programmers. this will hopefully be resolved today. i know that alot of us store our CC#'s on our ps3's, hopefully these hackers didnt get info for these, cause sony could get the biggest lawsuit of all time

  9. Avunjh April 23, 2011 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    True that, that one thing we should ALL be worried about. I bet you 100% that they stole all the cc's on file if they hacked in. That @$#!%d up if you ask me. And to be honest with you it all Sony's fault, they should have backup plans in place and be able to see if their servers or routers and being attacked with brute force or what not.

  10. Charlie Sheen April 23, 2011 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    Hackers suck! I hope they know we all hate their guts and wish they'd die.
    Winning!

  11. rob April 24, 2011 at 12:31 am - Reply

    give sony a break u dont pay naff all for there services they have been cool for years hope u catch hackers as im trying to find them myself only bored or vindictive hackers target gamers sony kick ther butts

  12. saul April 24, 2011 at 1:10 am - Reply

    if psn was hacked can it be posible that our credit card and info be at risk? :s

    • wogboy120 April 24, 2011 at 1:50 am - Reply

      yes PSN has all of our info Credit, Country, Adress and so on.

    • Rebirth April 24, 2011 at 2:55 am - Reply

      PSN has a credit card fraudlent system you have the four digits of the front then x's in the middle and the last four digit's at the back and even the pin number won't be shown so you will be alright 🙂

  13. stein April 24, 2011 at 3:04 am - Reply

    This is a load of bull why does it have to be on the weekend and on easter i mean come on. Also what the hell are these hackers trying to accomplish anyways. PLZ FIX THE PROMBLEM so i can go back to playing black ops

  14. Mudafuka April 24, 2011 at 3:31 am - Reply

    I bet it stays down until Tuesday

    • hij April 24, 2011 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      probbily it most likly has 100s of computers over there so give them a break its not there fault its who ever hacked it

  15. stein April 24, 2011 at 3:44 am - Reply

    This sucks i mean its the weekend and its Easter i thought that i was sit back and play video games and now i'm here sitting on the computer no fun at all. PSN FIX THE PROBLEM ALREADY so i can get back to killing zombies

  16. mackooo17 April 24, 2011 at 3:51 am - Reply

    thats true man.

  17. nino April 24, 2011 at 5:19 am - Reply

    what you mean xbox did not happen to them are you serious xbox live was down for 7 days i think last year or 2 years ago

  18. maktabcom April 24, 2011 at 7:24 am - Reply

    Hey guys,
    let's be fair, PSN always good in every thing and they was with us in every time.
    Let's give them there time and I am sure they would be better ..

  19. bezza_11 April 24, 2011 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    psn is free!!! let lay off them and let them fix the problem properly. the last thing we need is for the psn to cost us money, for them to counter problems like this

  20. boodie April 24, 2011 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    already switched to xbox live now cos of this crap psn!!!

    • Angel Gonzalez April 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm - Reply

      wow u band wagon hopping f ag boys lil did sm knw x cr ap ws dwn 4 2 weeks b4 gv sony a break geez after all it’s completely free di k rider POWER TO THE TRUE SONY RIDERS BN HERE SINCE DAY 1 So SONY TAKE UR TIME KP UP THE GD WORK.

  21. pissed of gamer April 24, 2011 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    and a bit more info from psn whould be usful like when is this crap going to end its been happening for to long now get it sorted psn

  22. pissed of gamer April 24, 2011 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    down with the hackerz

  23. sony exec April 24, 2011 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    psn will be back onlin for 20.00gmt tonite as mantinence of the network is almost complete we are in the final stages of are sercurity checks and hope to be online soon

  24. ANTI-PSN!!!!! April 24, 2011 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    I've always been a sony fan. Owning xbox aswell of course, but everything Sony has been amazing quiality. Sony has had problems with their god damn network since PS3 has come out. People may say, "if you dont pay for online, why b****?" We did pay for the f****** online when we bought the system!!!!!!!! But back to the point, im pretty well done with sony, mainly because of how they leave their costumers in the dark. Its pathetic. I, along with millions of other gamers are hating on Sony mainly for the fact that when it first shut down, Wednsday i think it was, they said it would be back up in 48 hours. Yet, 48 hours later millions of people are at home waiting for it to be back, or ATLEAST an update on whats going on!!! I hated XBOX since i owned one, but its on my good side now. So i gotta go buy a 360 and throw this piece of junk ps3 out the god dam window. Let me actually say, I dont really hate sony products like T.V,s and etc. But the people, are stuupid. They lost so much money over this situation and all they have to say is, we are sorry it will be back up soon, for 4 days now!!!! UUHH. Those idiot.
    Well im done before i go threw a withdraw. I NEED CRYSIS 2 gameplay!!!!! lol

  25. FulgoRe_18 April 24, 2011 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    Damn…you truly miss something wen you don't have it anymore. All we can do is wait and do other mudane things. sigh….maybe if we paid a little koin to sony for better services this could of been avoided. Im not in lieu of jabbing fingers either. Well…happy Easter gamers. FulgoRe_18

  26. MaRiNe_AlienZ April 25, 2011 at 12:12 am - Reply

    my problem is if they can hack sony's servers and shut them down for 5 days, what can they do to the rest of the world for example our goverment's?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    PSN:MaRiNe_AlienZ
    Keep on snipin'!

  27. deon April 25, 2011 at 5:14 am - Reply

    i think they should give everyone free psn points $50

  28. pinto April 26, 2011 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    awl fukn hack the bastards

  29. pinto April 26, 2011 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    does any 1 no wen we will be back on?

  30. pinto April 26, 2011 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp am bored

  31. amar May 7, 2011 at 10:56 am - Reply

    wen ps3 cumin bbck onlline

    • Kevin May 23, 2011 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      Bought two psp go for my kids at xmas after convincing my wife that Playstation was the best …We lived in Seychelles at the time and when i tried to buy games online it took me a week and many phone calls to find out you can t order from some contries… ok Then i tried with my wife s swedish Credit card… Same Shit … Saying the info entered were wrong… we ordered a lot of stuff from the same Card never had a problem… Anyways we had to wait , i mean the KIDS had to wait with a psp without being able to play. I guess you all can imagine the feeling "" This week we got back to sweden so first thing we do is go to the bank , see if anything went wrong with our banks account since we heard they HACKED the network.. Apparently it s ok for now… Anyways, we decided not to risk it again but still had to get games so i found Voucher you buy in games shop allowing you to credit your game account — Bought for 80 euro and Kids were Happy to finally get to play after 4 months of waiting . SURPRISE The online Shop is close/// Plus it took me three hours trying with different computers and from wireless cafe directly to the psp.. All That Cause Mr Sony isn t gonna let you know the PSN network is down .. They just wanna let people keep buying shit they can t use…
      I m 30 , i ve been playing the very first playstation more than 15 years ago and never stopped but THIS is Ridiculous… THANK YOU PSP, hope i will be able to get rid of the shit you sold me

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