PlayStation Online Network Attacked, Sony Unit President Threatened
Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN) service had been down for at least day after a distributed denial-of-service attack, which left the network inaccessible to users. Read on to learn more about this story.
According to Variety, Sony’s PlayStation Network service had been down for at least day after a distributed denial-of-service attack. Sony confirmed on this earlier on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. Today, Sony announces that its PSN Sony Entertainment Network is now back up and running.
“The PSN and Sony Entertainment Network are back online and people can now enjoy the services on their PlayStation devices. The networks were taken offline due to a distributed denial of service attack – We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused by this issue. Thanks for your patience and support,” said Sony in a statement as published on Variety.
PSN is an online access on multiplayer gaming and digital media delivery service provided by Sony Computer Entertainment for use with the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita video game consoles
In a similar fashion, hackers have also targeted other gaming sites such as Microsoft’s Xbox Live service and the Santa Monica-based League of Legends among others.
Moreover, a group called “Lizard Squad” has surfaced, taking credit for the said acts, announcing it via Twitter. The group tweeted that the initiated online attacks on gaming networks were due to the recent U.S. bombing of Islamic extremists in Iraq which go by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL.
The group took the disturbance in a whole new level as they released a warning that explosives may be aboard the plane Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley is on. The American Airlines flight bound from Dallas to San Francisco was diverted to Phoenix, as passengers deplaned and luggages were searched.
Smedley explained that the cause of the breach was due to several simultaneous attempts of remotely compromised computers accessing the site, which overwhelmed its capability to recognize and respond to legitimate visitors, suggesting that the attacks are not necessarily directed on the network itself but on other pinch points in the Internet.
A case of attempted attack was not a first for Sony. Earlier in 2011, another hacking occurred wherein the service was down nearly a month caused by a breach on personal information on 77 million users. The company was criticized and paid a compensation of $15 million.
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