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Playstation Network suspended over 'external intrusion'

blindbatblindbat Regular
edited April 2011 in Spurious Generalities
Millions of gamers are unable to play online as the Playstation Network remains unavailable.

Users are seeing error messages stating the network is "undergoing maintenance" or is "suspended".

In a blog post, maker Sony said it turned off the network on Wednesday after it detected an "external intrusion" and that it was doing all it could to resolve it the problem.

In recent weeks, Playstation has been targeted by hackers' group Anonymous.

The group appeared to deny being responsible for the attack, releasing a message stating "for once we didn't do it".

The network has more than 70 million users worldwide, but Sony were unable to clarify how many players had been affected.

However, Twitter messages and blog posts have been posted from all over the world.

The problems have also affected other services running on the network. Film rental site LoveFilm confirmed to the BBC that their customers are currently unable to stream films when using the Playstation service.

This outage is the latest in a series of problems for the network which has suffered extended periods of downtime over the past few weeks.

In response, angry gamers have flooded blogs, forums and Twitter with complaints.

"A full day and you guys still have no clue what is causing this," wrote user Slickshoes in response to the company's blog post.
'Poor timing'

Another user, Max Smith, contacted the BBC to share his frustration that Sony is not keeping gamers better informed.

"To be honest I think that Sony need to give more updates towards the gamers via their Twitter account. There has been no update in the past 18 hours which is really making the community go crazy," he said.

Oli Welsh, from Eurogamer.net, said the outage is a big problem for Sony - especially at Easter.

"As much as the weather's lovely, a lot of gamers will be looking forward to tucking in to their favourite hobby this week.

"It's also a pretty big week for new releases, the biggest we've had in a couple of months. There's one really key game coming out called Portal 2 which has a great online mode that a lot of people now won't be able to access straight away.

"For gamers it's a shame, and for Sony it's a problem."

Anonymous, the group which gained notoriety over Wikileaks-related attacks, has previously strongly criticised the Japan-based entertainment giant over its treatment of George Hotz, an American hacker who unlocked the games console's closed operating system.

Sony filed a lawsuit against the 21-year-old, arguing that his hack had allowed pirated games to be played on the machine.

The case was dropped earlier this month after Mr Hotz agreed to sign an injunction banning him from similar behaviour in future.

A spokesperson for Sony was unavailable for comment.




http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13169518

Comments

  • RemadERemadE Global Moderator
    edited April 2011
    I have no sympathy. A heatwave has hit Britain and so any Brit gamers need to put down the controller and go the fuck outside.
  • edited April 2011
    RemadE wrote: »
    I have no sympathy. A heatwave has hit Britain and so any Brit gamers need to put down the controller and go the fuck outside.

    Yah, my Uncle sent me mail describing the early heat wave, said he had to move a bunch of stuff out of the greenhouse as it was roasting the poor little plants.

    Wow, Anon takes on some pretty big fish, do they have an agenda?, or is it one of those "because it's there" things?
  • DfgDfg Admin
    edited April 2011
    Heat Wave, FUCK ME. I am getting burned here and it doesn't help when I can't take a shit. FUCK MY CONSTIPATED STOMACH.

    And fuck you SONY.

    Sorry, I am just a little jammed right now :(
  • edited April 2011
    I can't fucking believe that Anon has ruined the network that badly.

    I'm starting to feel like buying a fucking XBOX.
  • duuudeduuude Regular
    edited April 2011
    Since I wasn't able to play COD this weekend, I went and bought Saints Row 2 for $20 yesterday. Besides the old graphics, it's fuckin sweet.
  • jewnosejewnose Regular
    edited April 2011
    Aren't all intrusions external by nature?
  • TSAoDTSAoD Regular
    edited April 2011
    I can't fucking believe that Anon has ruined the network that badly.

    I'm starting to feel like buying a fucking XBOX.

    Until you find that Xbox Live goes down too.
  • MrFriendlyFaceMrFriendlyFace Regular
    edited April 2011
    I'm sure Microsoft is glad to hear about this, with all the people who'll be switching to xbox if this continues on.
  • TSAoDTSAoD Regular
    edited April 2011
    I'm sure Microsoft is glad to hear about this, with all the people who'll be switching to xbox if this continues on.

    Yeah, because people are going to pay $250 or more for a 360, plus the $50/year to play Online with it. People always whine about switching to the competitor but rarely back it up.
  • MayberryMayberry Regular
    edited April 2011
    That's why you get a PC. All you need is the internet and the internet never goes down...

    Oh wait :o
  • edited April 2011
    It's just this:

    I pay several hundred dollars for a console. A console which is more expensive than the competition. And then when I go and try to play online- I can't.

    So, unless I want to play campaign for four fucking days (Maybe a couple weeks, seeing as SONY seems to be taking their fucking time with this), I simply don't game.

    Rendering my GAMING CONSOLE about as useful as a dick right here *Points to elbow*.

    :mad::mad::mad::mad:
    Mayberry wrote: »
    That's why you get a PC. All you need is the internet and the internet never goes down...

    Oh wait :o

    I get it now, dude.

    Believe me, I get it now.
  • TSAoDTSAoD Regular
    edited April 2011
    It's not Sony's fault peabrained fuckwits DDOS'd the PSN, claiming be fighting for a cause when really they're trolling us and hiding behind their lie of 'freedom of information'.
  • edited April 2011
    TSAoD wrote: »
    It's not Sony's fault peabrained fuckwits DDOS'd the PSN, claiming be fighting for a cause when really they're trolling us and hiding behind their lie of 'freedom of information'.

    How could they DDoS so steadily and constantly for such a long time? It's been the better part of a week thus far.

    Anyway, this event speaks to one of two possibilities:

    Either SONY is a bunch of dickheads in terms of security, or certain members of Anonymous know what they're doing.
  • KraneKrane Regular
    edited April 2011
    Someone might have turned a botnet on the PSN.

    Glad I have an Xbox 360 lol.
  • edited April 2011
    Krane wrote: »
    Someone might have turned a botnet on the PSN.

    Glad I have an Xbox 360 lol.

    PSN are a bunch of assclowns for not having taken precautions against this.
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