Sony’s PSN has been out since last Wednesday night, and the company Friday confirmed that the outage was a result of an ‘external intrusion’ and that it had actually switched PSN and Quriocity services off while it dealt with the issue.
Though Sony said on Thursday that it would be ‘a day or two’ before PSN was back, that deadline has long since passed and, at around noon today, the company admitted that it really can’t say when PSN will be back. However, it seems the 70 million PSN users may have more to be worried about than a lack of access to online gameplay.
PC World quotes Satoshi Fukuoka, a spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment in Tokyo, as saying the company would inform users if it found that personal information or credit card numbers were compromised during the attack but whether or not they had been had yet to be determined.
Sony has yet to provide any official information on the breach; however, an SCEE source told PlayStation Universe that PSN suffered at the hands of a LOIC attack, which damaged the server, as well as a concentrated attack on the PlayStation servers holding account information. PSU's source says admin dev accounts were also breached and that Sony "[is] currently in the process of restoring backups to new servers with new admin dev accounts."
The most recent update on the status of PSN arrived at about 11:20 a.m. ET and reads as follows:
I know you are waiting for additional information on when PlayStation Network and Qriocity services will be online. Unfortunately, I don’t have an update or timeframe to share at this point in time.
As we previously noted, this is a time intensive process and we’re working to get them back online quickly. We’ll keep you updated with information as it becomes available. We once again thank you for your patience.
-- Patrick Seybold, Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Social Media