news\ Sep 27, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Sony: "External Intrusion" Is the Reason for PSN Issues


If you enjoy gaming on your PlayStation 3 as frequently as I do, you probably know about the recent PlayStation Network outages that have made it virtually impossible to sign into Sony's online gaming and shopping space. If you have yet to take notice, where the heck have you been? In any case, Sony has addressed the issue time and again, saying the PSN is down for "maintenance."

Yesterday, Sony finally admitted their little white lie. The PSN service has been down due to "external intrusion," or hackers. A post on the official PlayStation Blog reads, "An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. In order to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services going forward, we turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity services on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th."

Despite Anonymous promising that they would no longer target the PSN, the group is still the prime suspect. Considering each of these hackers acts individually, the consensus is that a few members of Anonymous decided to take matters into their own hands and torture PSN users with hacks. What better week to do it than one with plenty of highly anticipated launches, such as Portal 2 and Mortal Kombat?

Microsoft has stayed classy and professional throughout this whole ordeal, stating their regret in regards to the current situation. "Of course it's regretful that Sony is encountering issues at such a busy time, and Microsoft takes no joy in the problems gamers are having playing their favorite games online," said a representative of the Xbox 360 manufacturer. "That being said, we are expecting Microsoft's robust online network to see an increase in traffic from those gamers who own both systems."

Kudos to Microsoft for not taking a cheap shot at Sony. They chose to act respectably during a time when so many gamers are absolutely flustered that they can't play online games on their PlayStation 3 consoles. Let's hope Sony works on implementing stronger security for the PSN service soon.

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