PSN Facing Connectivity Issues Again [UPDATE]

[UPDATE] Network connectivity is now coming back online.

[UPDATE] And....we're back.

The original story is below.

Just a day after the PlayStation Network was brought back online after a DDoS attack over the weekend, the online service is yet again facing issues. A tweet from the official PlayStation Twitter account explains that unspecified "connectivity issues" have flared up, and Sony is working on a fix.

"Network update: engineers are aware of connectivity issues, are working to resolve. We'll keep you posted," Sony said. "Apologies for the inconvenience." The extent of the connectivity problems is unknown. We will update this story as more information becomes available.

A group of hackers took responsibility over the weekend for launching a DDoS attack on the PSN, though no personal information was compromised, Sony says. The same group that targeted the PSN also claimed responsibility for the bomb threat that made American Airlines ground a flight Sunday carrying Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley. The FBI is currently investigating the case.

The DDoS attack also caused Sony to delay Monday's previously scheduled PSN maintenance. No new date for the maintenance has been announced.

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

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rob863
rob863

The sharpest hackers aren't going to wasted their time and effort going after a console with sales/user base so far behind the PS4. They are trying to affect the most people they can with their attack.

Jew1
Jew1

and this is the sole reason why i will never buy any playstation 

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

please, finally stop calling DDoS Script kiddies hackers, please!

xneonic
xneonic

It seems to me that Sony is targeted with these things because of their marketing. "Where the greatest play" and "Greatness awaits" are slogans that create exclusivity and this angers members of the target audience who do not want to buy a Sony product (or have already chosen not to). Thus, you can get situations like this one and bomb threats on your executives.

In the end, nobody wants real blood spilled the "console war." I just hope that Sony ceases to give incentive to hack and threaten before something really bad happens.

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

Sony has to fire its whole network department and hand over PSN to Yahoo or Google if and only if it wanna survive.

kimjong-un
kimjong-un

Never like seeing all my Western friends upset. Give the word and I make Lizard Squad disappear

playstationzone
playstationzone

Know what i think ps4 online should be free because this keep happening.

kwns
kwns

According to the Lizard squad they tried hacking Microsoft and they failed. Sony on the otherhand its entire network went offline lol. Sub standard service if a bunch of kids can bring it entirely down by a DDos. I'd be worried if real hackers wanted in to steal your money and Sony has a habit of lying about this kind of thing. Safer with Microsoft.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

i was planning on getting a used ps4 next month and coincidentally i start hearing about these psn issues like the ddos attack and other connectivity issues. is it really worth the price to have all these network problems at the cost of having slightly better graphics? ive been beginning to question that lately.

Zicoroen
Zicoroen

And there's another "maintenance" stop soon. As a gamer that pays for a service, that's really awful.

By the way, Sony still dreams about cloud gaming and PSNow. What a joke...

electrichobo99
electrichobo99

I've been playing 4 player Diablo 3 online co-op all morning, the outage was a slight inconvenience but nothing like the months-long outage some years back. Yea, I suppose Sony is greedy charging for PS+ what with all the free games every month and whatnot and trying to bring PSN on par with the infrastructure of XBL. PSN is definitely improving.

Mraou
Mraou

Lateness Awaits.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

Ouya network is so secure.  Ouya, the true next gen console. 

brunod_f
brunod_f

If a simple DDOS attack can cause quite a stir, if those people starts to use something more complex then PSN/XBL are done.

wolfman8325
wolfman8325

Just as long as this crap doesn't keep happening when Destiny Launches. That would suck massively. 

psxp-one
psxp-one

Ugh...fkn lizard teens....all that talent to end up in jail eventually....can't wait for them to get caught...

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

@3dmatrixgamer nobody can avoid DDoS attacks, you can just lower the impact with money (better internet connection, more locations, more servers, more routers, whatever)

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@playstationzone you aren't paying ps plus to keep it from getting hacked, thats not how it works. you are paying for the free ps plus content, cloud saves, dedicated multiplayer, party chat (uses servers), sharing (users servers) etc. its the same for any sub service, they aren't hack proof.

Jock9
Jock9

@playstationzone Xbox Live and Nintendo online also faced problems, the hackers hit everyone. You'd have to call everyone to provide free online, because everyone has suffered attacks. 

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

plus this happens after less than a year since release and it only adds to my concern as to what hackers have planned for psn in the future...and yeah shut up i can reply to my own post if i want to if i cant edit it anymore, so there

evildead1993
evildead1993

@Mraou you just mad lol psn has way more people look it up xbots are mad that xboxs reviews dont come close to ps4

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@brunod_f That is a very good point; being DDOS the most common (and easy to perform) kind of attack, you expect that companies would be ready for it. Some annoyance when it happens (like with XBL and LOL in this particular case) is expected since they'll need some time to react. But from Sony; a company that not only has a big network but also suffered big attacks on the past (one of them causing a full outage) one would expect a quicker and more effective reaction.

jellyman68
jellyman68

@psxp-one They probably just hired a botnet for 24 hours or so from one of the dark net markets. Anyone with a few bitcoins can do it.

pumamanhflai
pumamanhflai

@psxp-one What talent? Anyone who can do a google search has all the info they need for a ddos.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@Aaronp2k Don't care for the random PS+ content, cloud saves, party chat and the share features. Also Valve offers online dedicated multiplayer for free.

Blazen702
Blazen702

Not like Sony though. Xbox live wasn't offline at all. Only a few people couldn't log in to their accounts. Most weren't affected.

MJ-X
MJ-X

@KimCheeWarriorX 

A rule of thumb for any piece of tech is that they are never hack poof even the US government servers get successfully hacked rarely. Having said that, these DDoS attacks affect nothing other than bringing the server down.

So just pick the system you like regardless of said issues as they are a rare thing that doesn't happen all the time, remember that the DDoS attack was done not only on Sony but others as well but that doesn't mean you should stop enjoying what you like.

Blazen702
Blazen702

Sorry to tell you kid but xbox gold has twice as many subscribers as PSN. Look it up

pa_amb_tomaquet
pa_amb_tomaquet

Last time some thing like this happened sony offered every one on the PSN to a number of free titles. And not just "bargin bin" games, good full PS3 games. All for FREE.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@Blazen702 some people could still sign in to psn. same deal. i was on psn while someone else on here still couldn't get on he claimed. i guess the ddos must only effect certain regions of the network, they probably have server regions separated.

Jock9
Jock9

@MJ-X I agree mate, I'm sticking to my PS4 and that's it.

Blazen702
Blazen702

You are completely wrong. Again, XBL has twice as many paying subscribers than PSN. Nice try kid.