Monday, April 25, 2011

After PlayStation Network ?intrusions,? the system is being ?rebuilt?

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Currently suffering through an unexpected period of downtime for the PlayStation Network (beginning Wednesday this past week), Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) has provided a few updated statements regarding the status of the online service, letting us know that PSN was indeed brought down by hackers perpetrating denial of service attacks as the company now seeks to ?rebuild? the system to ?strengthen [PSN?s] network infrastructure.?

The first statement was released at the tail-end of Friday (April 22nd) confirming that PlayStation Network had been compromised by hackers, or as SCE refers to them, ?[a]n external intrusion?:

?An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services,? wrote Patrick Seybold, senior director of Corporate Communications and Social Media at SCEA. ?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 & Qriocity services on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th.?

After once again promising that the ?situation? would be resolved quickly, and that PlayStation 3 and PSP gamers would once again be allowed access to the PlayStation Network to play online games, visit the PlayStation Store etc., SCE released another statement, this time regarding the PlayStation Network team?s efforts in ?rebuilding the system? to try and prevent future attacks and downtime:

?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,? Seybold wrote again on the PlayStation Blog.

?Our efforts to resolve this matter involve re-building our system to further strengthen our network infrastructure. Though this task is time-consuming, we decided it was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security.?

As always SCE thanks us for our patience and asks that we have ?a little more while we move towards completion of this project. We will continue to give you updates as they become available.?

So will we.


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