External Intrusion Causes Sony’s PSN Downtime For More Than 96 Hours, Sony’s Rebuilding It Now!

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Sony’s online portal for the PlayStation enthusiasts was taken down as a consequence of what has been termed by Sony as an ‘external intrusion’. In simple terms, the Sony’s PlayStation Network security was breached by some unidentified mortal(s) which caused the services to be disrupted for almost about five days.

The Sony PSN was taken down on April 20 bringing a halt to the manifold of services offered by the PSN to a considerable part of its 70m plus base of registered users. It has been five long days since the services went down yet Sony hasn’t been able to put things back in place.

While the tech giant kept off from disclosing any more details on what brought the PlayStation Network down, the Sony PSN web portal now reads that its under maintenance. Sony, however, confirmed that it’s rebuilding the system, and it’s a time-consuming process even as it declined to comment on the time required to resurrect the services.

Several of PSN users have reported problems with the services in the UK and US. Users have also reported problems with Netflix and LoveFilm, the media streaming services in the US and UK which have now stopped some users from streaming their online media over these services.

Sony PSN enables the PS3 and PlayStation Portable users to download games, movies, music and even allows users to indulge in online gaming with friends and other PSN users active on the network.

The Crisis : PSN Down 2011

All this has come to a halt. Unfortunately, for Sony, the process is a little tedious and strenuous as it has been five days now since the services are down and it’s still trying to fit the strings right. But considering it positively, Sony’s revamping the security of the system to avoid any such future attacks and external intrusions.

Here’s an excerpt from Sony about PSN Network down issue for your perusal :

“An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. 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.

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.”

Many believe that the it’s the furtive act of Anonymous who were reportedly upset with Sony putting the PS3 hacker GeoHot on trial recently. While GeoHot has come to common terms with Sony and agreed not to reiterate the intrusion exercises that landed him into trouble, it is still believed and speculated that perhaps, this has something to do with GeoHot or the Anonymous.

However, it would be too early to comment in this regard and speculations and rumors are just the word of mouth. We’d consider waiting until we learn something official in this regard. Meanwhile, keep your eyes wide open for more details ‘coz it ain’t over until the fat lady sings. You know that.

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