Hackers Claim They Brought Down PlayStation Network

[UPDATE] PSN is back online.

[UPDATE 2] The PSN is back online.

[UPDATE]: Sony has posted the following statement to the PlayStation Blog:

"Like other major networks around the world, the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network have been impacted by an attempt to overwhelm our network with artificially high traffic.

Although this has impacted your ability to access our network and enjoy our services, no personal information has been accessed.

We will continue to work towards fixing this issue and hope to have our services up and running as soon as possible.

We regret any inconvenience this may have caused."

The original story is below:

If you're having trouble connecting to the PlayStation Network right now you're not alone. PlayStation's official support Twitter account has confirmed that PSN is working intermittently, and that Sony is working to fix the issue as soon as possible.

However, Sony said that there is no time frame at the moment for when service will resume as usual. It also said that some users are still able to log in to PSN or the PlayStation Store. I wasn't, and received the message that the service is currently undergoing maintenance. Note that this is not the maintenance time Sony scheduled for Monday, August 25, from 9:40 AM to 4:50 PM Pacific Time. PSN will be down during that period of time as well, during which Sony will deploy a series of back-end improvements to the network.

As first spotted by Shacknews, a group of hackers on Twitter has claimed responsibility for the disruption of service, saying they targeted PlayStation Network, Blizzard's Battle.net, League of Legends, and Path of Exile with denial-of-service attacks. DDoS attacks, as they're called, are usually carried out by bombarding a service or website with enough communications requests to make it unavailable to legitimate users.

GameSpot has reached out to Sony and will update this story with any new information we receive.

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Discussion

1854 comments
wowwow27
wowwow27

i brought down my psn, i simply unplugged my ethernet wire

queovole
queovole

lol, these hackers are pathetic. the question is WHY Sony? Why not something worth your while? lol :D

jwsoul
jwsoul

Why Hack Sony its like they are making a direct and rather sad attack to all the paying subscribers i am tired of this. Why not attack someone who deserves this because there are plenty plenty of evil companies corporations and people who daily destroy lives and syphon money for greed. Sony are hardly the great evil of the world in fact they are in a lot a ways a dying company who has only just from the PS4 saved themselves somewhat. Worse they use Isis flag and Jihad wording in the attack so i hear.... Shame these people can not be found and severely punished i wouldnt mind meeting a few of them. Actually ive heard these hackers annually meet at designated places with enough support gathered any number of people like the posters affected here could turn up to one of these shows and annihilate them using something they do not a more direct method! I for one am fed up of being controlled by governments and basement dwelling fools who think they can also rule over me and directly affect my life.

D0BR0
D0BR0

this is still down.  I still can't sign in online. wanted to get revelations, hope they extend that sale. thanks alot jerks lol

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

I'll never get the guys that DDoS game services. Where is the point in taking the fun of millions?

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

stupid jerks trying to be awesome at internets

illage2
illage2

O_O DDOS attacks are considered "Hacking"? To Hack: To gain unauthorised access to data on a system or computer" DDOS attacks do not do that, they simply slow servers down.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

DDoS attacks seem so cheap and unoriginal. :/

Step your 'game' up, wanna-be hackers - do something more outrageous than deluges of service requests.

sirevanohio
sirevanohio

Sorry you guys lost your 50$ a year service for one day. Thats like 14 cents alright. Get over it and stop acting like like you pay a considerable amount

TrialMonkey
TrialMonkey

At least "hack" a company that deserves it. Like big banking institutions that created the economic depression and then got bailed out by the government or oil companies that exploit governments in third world countries. "...were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should!" - Ian Malcolm.

vackillers
vackillers

Surely there is more to life then bringing down Sony/Microsoft/EA/Ubisoft/Facebook/EVE-Online and the such with DDoS attacks. I will never understand how people can get real joy out of causing a crash for a few hours or a couple days its neither funny or joyful. Seems like such a waste for people who can do real programming language for something much bigger then what they use it for like life itself doesn't have enough stress or problems?

agui19
agui19

this only happends with play station.......

CapnXtraObvious
CapnXtraObvious

Why is PSN being targeted a lot, though? I've heard stuff like this before. Are they easier targets?

CapnXtraObvious
CapnXtraObvious

Well, you're not alone. Xbox Live has been having trouble too. Makes me feel like I'm paying for nothing.

jako998
jako998

LOL where do I begin with this ?

euphoric666
euphoric666

There is no crime without leads... you can't think on everything. You can't consider every possibility. You guys are  hiding on the comfort of your homes laughing at this now,  but soon... boom. The police is at your porch and now its time to tell everything to your daddy... jail time is on his way and i hope you have considered how expensive a good lawyer is.

Trev9421
Trev9421

DDoS attacks are not hacking. DDoS attacks are the graffiti of this generation. They mildly inconvenience the company and consumers who have to wait for someone to wash it off.

Mraou
Mraou

Maybe they're hacking because online gameplay should be free, and also the PS4 backward compatibility is a joke.

darthburrito
darthburrito

Guess gamers would need to go outside and enjoy the outdoors a bit. :)

steaminpotatoes
steaminpotatoes

Update 3 it's back down Just been booted out of psn on ps3, there goes the network again.

blackbetty1974
blackbetty1974

I couldn't get on for about 2 hrs, so I watched Netflix for awhile. Really epic hack guys. OH no, PSN players were slightly inconvenienced for the afternoon! All fear the mighty "hackers".

dark_princess29
dark_princess29

i just hope they  tell the eu people what they get from psn plus this week and i hope its not indie games again

chewbacca72
chewbacca72

A new version of the opening credits to Monty Python's Holy Grail. "Those responsible for hacking those who have hacked, have also been hacked."

Devil_78
Devil_78

THE HACKERS ARE PC GAMERS !!!! THEY HATES CONSOLES .

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

@illage2 ive heard that probably a million times in the past 24 hours


Chrypt22
Chrypt22

@TrialMonkey Banks are bad... energy is bad.. economies are bad... we should live without any of it right?  

Fatalv
Fatalv

@vackillers Most of these DDOS attacks are likely done by script kiddies who have no knowledge of coding at all…

Fatalv
Fatalv

@agui19 Obviously you have no idea what a DOS/DDOS attack is...

Khasym
Khasym

@CapnXtraObvious No. It's a bunch of stupid black hats who want to think it's cool for people to lose out on what they're paying for. The last time Sony got hacked, these twits got way further into the network, snagged I think it was a quarter million user accounts, and tried to ransom them back to Sony, before they tried to sell them online. 

Whatever ethics or subtextual conversation hackers might have once had with their attempts to "expose the demon inside the machine" has long since evaporated for me. They're criminals, just ones that use a keyboard instead of a gun or a con. Lock em up, ditch the key, and let them spend their greatest years watching life pass them by.

steaminpotatoes
steaminpotatoes

Well try starting at the beginning of the article and read from left to right then move onto the next line, rinse, repeat.

rmiller365
rmiller365

Haters gonna hate. With bomb threats in the mix now this is a serious issue. People making fun of serious issues is only a sign of immaturity.

Khasym
Khasym

@Trev9421 It isn't a mild inconvienence. It's a service I and hundreds of thousands, if not millions pay for. The bad press alone, is worth money, never mind the time it takes to restore access, and rebuild customer trust. That money is all spent on this "graffiti," for no other reason. 

I call it no less of a crime than auto insurance fraud. No, no one's physically hurt in the attack, but the incidental costs, raise everyone else's costs. It's that much sooner PS Plus will need a price hike, it's that fewer features that Sony has time to put out there because they're dealing with this.

Khasym
Khasym

@Mraou If you want to play video games without a subscription service for multiplayer, buy a computer. 

If you don't like Sony's business practices, don't give them your money. 

If you want to be a twit, inconvenience others, and make a service less valuable and less enjoyable so you can make a hollow statement about another company's business practices, and set yourself into the crosshairs for a serious criminal charge that could see you spend the best years of your life in prison, engage in a DDoS attack.

blackbetty1974
blackbetty1974

@Mraou Oh for sure. I think that when you've spent millions of dollars to build a network and maintain it, that it should definitely be free. Because really. Who needs to be paid for their hard work? That's so lame.

blackbetty1974
blackbetty1974

@darthburrito It's important to start slowly. Maybe just stand in front of a window for a little while. Then maybe put your arm out the window and log the effects. If all goes well, by the end of the week, you will have made it to the porch. NEVER GIVE UP!!!

hector530
hector530

@Devil_78 i bet they "hacked" using some kind of computer

DAMN THOSE PC GAMERS

Mraou
Mraou

@blackbetty1974 @Mraou They have PS+ for revenue to pay for maintenance, but gameplay with/against others should be free as it was for PS3. Also, Sony fanboys can't backtrack, because that's what they kept saying during the PS3 era.

blackbetty1974
blackbetty1974

@Mraou The price of game development has risen sharply with this generation. With consumer's price limit for games being $60, they have to come up with ways to make up those profit margins. That's why we're being charged for online play, as well as the reason for the rise of the FTP model. Something has to give. Either pay more for games that cost more to make, or make up that revenue elsewhere.

Mraou
Mraou

@blackbetty1974 @Mraou FTP is supported by micro-transactions, though - and that's another form of revenue they could have looked to. They also came up with ideas like PSHome and could do something similar for PS4, so there's plenty of other sources of revenue out there. I just think they saw how much money MS were making with XBL and greedily wanted a slice, with little regards for the gamers.

blackbetty1974
blackbetty1974

@Mraou A common misconception among consumers is the naive idea that ANY business or company cares about their consumer base. The primary directive of any business is to make profit. That being said, a company's longevity is predicated on whether or not people will pay for their product. In essence, what a company charges for any service is decided by the consumer, not the provider. As to your assertion of greed, it's a moot point. Greed is the fuel that propels capitalism. Without it no one has incentive to build or produce anything. We all want more, and if we think we can get it, we will.