PlayStation Network Back Online After DDoS Attack

Sony also confirms that it has no reason to believe personal information was compromised.

The PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network are back online after hackers slammed the online services with distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks yesterday.

Sony writes on the PlayStation Blog that it purposely brought the networks down after the attacks. The company adds that there is no evidence that the hackers actually got into the networks or accessed users' personal information.

As a result of the attack, Sony said the PSN and SEN will not undergo their previously scheduled periods, which were supposed to happen today, August 25. "We will provide an update shortly for when the maintenance will be rescheduled," Sony said.

"We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused by this issue," Sony added. "Thanks for your patience and support."

The hackers did not only target the PSN and SEN, it appears. The same group that targeted the online networks also claimed responsibility for the bomb threat that made American Airlines ground and divert a flight yesterday carrying Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley. The FBI is currently investigating the case.

Smedley wrote on Twitter, "Yes. My plane was diverted. Not going to discuss more than that. Justice will find these guys."

We will continue to monitor this story as it develops.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch

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daabulls23
daabulls23

Heard of an attack on PSN before. But a bomb threat on a plane with a company's president on it? Seriously? These people need jail time.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Three of the worst things to be as a human. A pedophile, a rapist and a hacker. All three get their kicks off of hurting others with no regard for human life and decency. All three should be considered a capital offense...after castration via tuna can lid of course.

sadscooterpipe
sadscooterpipe

Just hearing about all this...  while I am bummed for all affected (fanboy crap almost makes me not want to visit these sites when I finally have a moment to myself) it will be the bomb threat that will bring the hammer.  That took some serious balls if it ends up being true.


Disrupt some "punk kids" video games....boo hoo says non-gamer John Q Public, but mess with a federal airline and its passengers post 9/11....good luck if they track you down.  Que the misinformed "freedom of speech guy" in 3...2...1...


Hope you are all back to enjoying your system of choice soon if you aren't already.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

Dats y Xbox is betta hurrrrrrrr durrrrrrrr

Martyr77
Martyr77

What's funny is I was just playing 360 (the last MS console I will ever own) and it just disconnected and has stayed that way for the last hour or so.

strothers101
strothers101

So ISIS is claiming responsibility for the "attacks". Yep, ISIS, the terrorist regime , steeped in mass genocide and other atrocities is claiming it hacked Sony Entertainment...

foxrock66
foxrock66

I didn't have any problems yesterday?

edgework
edgework staff

WTF is wrong with these people?

Blazen702
Blazen702

This topic really shows the ignorance of sony fans and fanboys in general. Blindly stating remarks that they claim are facts when in reality are completely wrong and false. Xbox Gold and PSN have the exact same type of pay to play for online service. Both let you use all services for free. Both have free games as long as you pay for Ps+ and Xbox live Gold. Xbox was not down yesterday and today had some outages in some areas but no where near the problem sony had. Stop with the BS that PSN is free to play multiplayer and to get free games because it isn't anymore and no you don't have to pay for xbox live just to use apps like netflix.

kidflash2000
kidflash2000

As bad as this forum has gotten with blatant fanboys on either side of the isle, this is still miles better than IGN forums currently on this topic lol

Richie_Kotzev
Richie_Kotzev

Sony can't even bring ps3 functionality to their ps4. you can't play mp3, cant use image gallery, cant put your own wallpaper...what makes people think that they can protect their network ? it was probably a script kiddie that ran a .bat and brought all the network down.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Can anyone explain what a DDoS attack is for me, please?

Use small words.

cboye18
cboye18

Well it's a good thing it's a free service; I would've hated if I had to pay to play online...

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Isn't a pedophile a rapist? Wouldn't a murderer or somebody who hits people fit in there? Also some guy attacking a computer and somebody attacking a human are very different things. That all aside. DDoS has nothing to do with hacking

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@Gravity_Slave Again, not all hackers are bad guys. There have been some who use their skills to help police and government. A number of innoviations have been made by them, too. Besides your AV software, some consoles were reverse engineered in the past. EA was able to make Sega Genesis games by having a hacker reverse engineering the system, for example.


I actually think the bomb threat was worse than the hacking, to be honest. People could have been killed.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@sadscooterpipe Both PSN and XBL were affected, from what I understand. So anyone praising one while dissing the other might not have the full story. However, it does imply that online multiplayer fees don't guarantee stability.

evildead1993
evildead1993

@VegasAceVII lol ive compared both and ps4 is way better you xbots are just mad every review that mattered my major gamer magazines recognizes the ps4 to be better than the xbox one overall

windyrectum
windyrectum

Wow seriously this is something I'd of expected to see from The Onion lol that's sad

kidflash2000
kidflash2000

@edgework A wild Staff member has entered the conversation, how will you react:

A. Greet

B. Attack

C. Run 


lol

evildead1993
evildead1993

@Blazen702 yea thats why i had xbox and switched to ps and trust me ps is better ive tried both ddos attack has nothing to do with quality of server it can happen to anyone. psn is also like 13 dollars less a year than live. PS4 RULES

streissguth
streissguth

@Blazen702 ps4 online games that dont require psplus : warthunder, warframe, blacklight:retribution, DCUO, final fantasy 14, and some more im sure im forgetting.

kidflash2000
kidflash2000

@Blazen702 It's still free on PS3, PS vit, and PSP. I really dont know why you are ranting so much about nothing.

streissguth
streissguth

@Blazen702 you can play for free online with playstation 3 and vita, you only pay for online play with ps4.

imajinn
imajinn

@kidflash2000 I cringe at the thought of worst than this place. If this is miles better, I never want to even have a glance over there.

flyincloud1116
flyincloud1116

@kidflash2000    I'm going to IGN, Jump In, where the greatest play.

_williamwallace
_williamwallace

Sir, you can't sing, or draw, or paint. what makes you think you can be a police officer?

rexpowercolt
rexpowercolt

@PlatinumPaladin Basically hammering away at the server by requesting status updates to the point where the server locks up due to overload of incoming requests. 

Blazen702
Blazen702

You do have to pay to play on playstation network. Obviously you don't even own a ps4 or x1

sadscooterpipe
sadscooterpipe

@Jinzo_111887 This is a good point and makes sense.  I am only online with my 360/not with my PS3 so I am not real familiar with how the 2 systems are set up as such....any excuse to fling some poo at the other side in the comments section though, right?  Thanks for the perspective and reply.  Well said.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@evildead1993

You compared both huh? Do tell us of your extensive research and fact finding. You call them xbots as if you don't own an Xbox. So how can you truly make an objective comparison with zero hands on? You didn't, that's how. Fact is, the PSN has been hit and downed twice by notable hackers that made news. Xbox Live...not once.

Blazen702
Blazen702

Im talking xbox one and Ps4. I don't care about last gen. If that's the case then I'd be talking about Super Nintendo, Atari, sega etc...

kidflash2000
kidflash2000

@imajinn Trust me...it's....illogical over there....a Vulcan or Cyborg's worst nightmare...

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

@Blazen702 For PS4 you pay to play games on the Network for MS you pay for everything on the Network

RobDev
RobDev

@Blazen702 but PSN is current and last gen so no, it's not like talking about NES

streissguth
streissguth

@Blazen702 you shouldn't  make blanket statements about PSN or XBL with out clarifying because last gen is still very much alive.

Blazen702
Blazen702

No u don't. Everything as far as apps and netflix is not behind a paywall anymore. You must live under a rock. You only have to pay for xbox gold for free games and multiplayer. Just like PSN except xbox live is more reliable and has more free services

Blazen702
Blazen702

You still had to pay for PSN

kidflash2000
kidflash2000

@Blazen702 Plus auto updates, and cloud storage, I'm fine with $50 a year as compared to what I get from Xbox Live. The only complaint I have about Sony online stuff is not being able to keep my account and just change my username.

Blazen702
Blazen702

Same with xbox live. Get your head out of Sony's A S S. It's called xbox live silver

RobDev
RobDev

@kidflash2000 @Blazen702 i just assumed they were arguing with themselves (or the voices in their head) ? looks like nonsensical ranting to me.