(The Hosting News) – The Sony PlayStation Network is still down after crashing on Thursday of last week. The company took the PlayStation network offline to keep vital information safe after determining that there had been an external intrusion. A full investigation into the matter has been launched. No indication has been given as to when the network will return online.
In a press release posted on Sony’s PlayStation Website, Sony stated, “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”. The statement also thanked customers for their patience during the server downtime.
The entire extent of the intrusion remains unclear. Sony is said to be rebuilding their servers in order to prevent future intrusions. The company has yet to reveal as to whether any vital records such as customer credit card numbers were exposed.
Despite denying any involvement, Anonymous, a well-known hacker group could possibly be behind the initial intrusion that resulted in the server downtime. Upon announcing their intention to target Sony last month, the hacking group succeeded in crashing Sony’s Website. The group also said the reasoning behind targeting the company was due to Sony’s legal battle with hacker George Hotz. Sony most recently settled with Hotz, better known as “geohot” last month after he cracked the once thought to be super-secure network in 2009.
The PlayStation Network has over seven million users who use the platform primarily for online gaming.
You can view the entire statement by Sony here: http://us.playstation.com/support/answer/?a_id=2185