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PSN Outage: Day 5 – No End in Sight

PSN Outage: Day 5 – No End in Sight

We are now on day 5 of the PlayStation Network (PSN) outage. Reports are at least as grim as a few days ago, if not, worse. If Sony ever wanted to test the patience of their gamers, this was certainly one way of doing it.

The Easter long weekend is often a time of relaxation. Some people take the opportunity to spend time with their family and maybe eat a little chocolate. For others, it’s a golden opportunity to put some serious gaming time. If you’re a PSN player, though, you know all too well that was an impossibility thanks to an ongoing outage.

The outage began on the 20th and was confirmed on reports by the 21st that the network had experienced an outage.

By the 22nd, Sony said that the network would be back up and running in a “day or two”. This was amid a backdrop of complaints and growing frustration. Some users were even suggesting that Sony should reimburse gamers who lost valuable gaming time on the network. Sony could only give a vague explanation of the outage, saying that it was an “external intrusion” which, for some, doesn’t actually mean a whole lot.

It was also around this time that some were pointing the finger of blame on Anonymous who did express grievances toward the company over the treatment of GeoHot who uncovered the Sony root keys, compromising the Playstation 3 DRM. Anonymous responded quickly to the accusations saying, “For once we didn’t do it”. While saying that Sony was simply being incompetent, the Anonymous statement read:

Sony’s Playstation Network, its online service for Playstation 3 and its Playstation Portable consoles, suffered from a major outage today; which is on going as of this writting. According to Son’ys blog, the interruption in service may last into the long weekend – for at least another “full day or two”. Sony released a statement through its EU blog, saying that the network outage may be a result of “targeted behaviour by an outside party”, brining in the possibility of cyberattacks. Adding to the confusion is the fact that the message has since been removed.

While it could be the case that other Anons have acted by themselves AnonOps wa not related to this incident and takes no responsiblity for it. A more likely explination is that Sony is taking advantage of Anonymous’ previous ill-will towards the company to distract users from the fact the outage is accutally an internal problem with the companies servers.

While it became common knowledge by the 23rd that Anonymous denied any responsibility of this outage, some still blame the hacking organization for the collapse of the network.

By the 24th, Sony said that the whole network was being rebuilt while they were trying to get the whole network back up and running. By this time, some were suggesting that this is a great demonstration of the pitfalls of cloud computing. If a server suddenly goes down, then everyone suffers, but if everything is local, the damage of a computer outage can be greatly minimized. As seen in the PSN outage, if the servers go down, then everyone with a PlayStation can suffer the consequences.

Now, here we are, day five and still no PSN. According to reports today, Sony is not giving out a timetable for when the network. It might be possible that they learned from their mistake from last time since the promise of a “day or two” has expired yesterday. Sony also suggested that people’s personal information like credit cards might also have been compromised throughout all of this – though this has yet to be confirmed. This might be an indicator that things are far worse than previously feared.

So, for almost a week, all we know is this about the PSN outage: the network has been out for five days straight, it was an “external intrusion” and people’s personal data that includes credit cards could have been compromised in all of this. It’s not a whole lot to go on after all of this time and it seems that there is no end in sight to when this problem might finally be resolved.

Have you been affected by the PSN outage? How much has it affected your gaming experience?

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Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson is perhaps one of the more well-known file-sharing and technology news writers around. A journalist in the field since 2005, his work has had semi-regular appearances on social news websites and even occasional appearances on major news outlets as well. Drew founded freezenet.ca and still contributes to ZeroPaid. Twitter | Google Plus
ct4tha2k11
ct4tha2k11

holy shit playstation get your shit together i think i should be intitled to some kind of perk once your company psn goes back online for the downtime. ive spent alot of money on my online games at $60 a pop iam very angry with you service please make it right

jango666
jango666

hey ct4tha2k11 its not there fault its hackers every body sould hate hackers notpsn please respond ct4tha2k11

jango666
jango666

well we shouldnt start a riot we should just wait try gettin on websites an c when its goin to be bak up well rite now im pissed and mad at sony but its not there fault its hackers every 1 should hate hackers so whos with me reply if ur with me

Doghar
Doghar

Day 6 and its still down, this is crazy they said it would be up today but what do you know its still down what a suprise....had my hopes up too

Maxvlad
Maxvlad

My biggest hope is that this will at least help us shut down the ridiculous trends in DRM technology. I would love to see someone take up a civil suit against these companies like Steam, that require internet connectivity to access the games you've bought and paid for. This outage is a prime example of the unethical principals behind it.

yung_breezy_327
yung_breezy_327

I HEARD THAT PSN WAS GONNA BE UP TUESDAY UMM I REALLY DONT CARE GO DO SOMETHING INSTEAD OF GAMING ALL DAY

ejonesss
ejonesss

@ jrwalshi dont think you have to pay directly for the network access it may be provided as part of the purchase of the games or the hardware.as of the outage it may be due to the amazon cloud outage

stephen
stephen

i say the citizens should start a riot on sony beacause they dont desserve customers so return everything u have from sony and sell it.note. dont sell ps3.so buy pitchforks and torches beacase it should be big on gamers and movie watchers

jrwalsh
jrwalsh

you guys are all little bitches...youre bitching that the network is down when you don't have to pay anything to use it...so go buy an xbox and pay to use their network

blazer
blazer

There's a post on Reddit that actually explains it, here's a bit:The truth is, there was a new CFW (custom firmware) released known as Rebug. It essentially turns a retail console into a dev console (not fully, but gives you a lot of the same options that usually dev's only have access to). Anyway, this new CFW was quickly figured out by 3rd parties (not Rebug) to give CFW users access to the PSN network again via the dev networks. With a little manipulation of the URL's through a proxy server you could get your hacked console back online. Not that big of a deal, right? Well, it also turns out that some people over at NGU found out that you could provide fake CC# info and the authenticity of the information was never checked as you were on Sony's private developer PSN network (essentially a network that Sony trusted). What happened next was extreme piracy of PSN content. Sony realizing the issue here shut down the network.

BIG C
BIG C

I bought MLB 2011 the other day & want to create a franchise but NONE of the rosters are anywhere near what theyre currently & you cant update during a already started franchise. I dont want to be playing my franchise & come to find out the yankees have Vlad & Pettitte just to name a few if you know what i mean. WRONG TIME TO BUY IT I SHOULDVE GOTTEN IT A FEW WEEKS AGO & I WOULDVE HAD THIS PROBLEM LOL!!!! Sony should be more PRECISE on their updating the info for the situation & all of that!!!!! It definently wont make me go back to a 360 (ive seen it go down off & on over the past few months for a couple of hours or 2 & have faced the facts that it def. aint perfect!) but it does make me very weary of their customer service!

John1
John1

LOL! They haven't even fixed this YET?? LOL!

tdawg31
tdawg31

you guys might all be wrong xbox may have helped china with its problems. in return playstation might have shut down to help xbox gain there money back over the weekend. because it took them no time at all to build this system back in 2006. so you cant tell me they have not found the problem yet. some thing to think about think that one day you will be back online playing games so lets give them some more time.

MR. E
MR. E

Im so upset with Sony for not giving us a realistic time table that I will never buy Sony products again at all. This may seem extreme but any company who lies to its consumers is a bad company and doesnt deserve everyones hard earned money. Im going out to buy an Xbox today because Microsoft knows how to run a network and they do not lie to their customers like Sony. Shame on you Sony I loved you! :(



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