PlayStation Network Is Still Turned Off After Being Hacked

Posted by at 11:59 pm on April 24, 2011

Sony in an update on its days-long PlayStation Network outage said it had turned the network off deliberately to deal with a successful hack against its system. An “external intrusion” compromised both PSN and the Qriocity media services and pushed Sony to take them offline to conduct a investigation of what went wrong. The company also wanted to make sure the service was “smooth and secure” once it went back online.

Later On Sunday Sony said the following:

We sincerely regret that PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have been suspended, and we are working around the clock to bring them both back online. Our efforts to resolve this matter involve re-building our system to further strengthen our network infrastructure. Though this task is time-consuming, we decided it was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security.

We thank you for your patience to date and ask for a little more while we move towards completion of this project. We will continue to give you updates as they become available.

The effect of the outage goes beyond PS3 and PSP gamers not being able to play multiplayer gaming. Services like Netflix, MLB, VUDU and Hulu Plus are tied to PSN in order to run on the PS3. The outage has essentially locked out virtually any online activity until the servers are back in use.

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