109w ago - Today SCEE Blog Manager James Gallagher alongside Senior Director Patrick Seybold via the US Blog have posted update details on the PSN service outages, stating outside attacks may be a possible cause.
To quote: 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.
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. Though this task is time-consuming, we decided it was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security.
We thank you for your patience to date and ask for a little more while we move towards completion of this project. We will continue to give you updates as they become available.
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 & Qriocity services on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th.
Providing quality entertainment services to our customers and partners is our utmost priority. We are doing all we can to resolve this situation quickly, and we once again thank you for your patience. We will continue to update you promptly as we have additional information to share.
As you are no doubt aware, the current emergency outage is continuing this afternoon and all Sony Online Network services remain unavailable.
Our support teams are investigating the cause of the problem, including the possibility of targeted behaviour by an outside party. If the reported Network problems are indeed caused by such acts, we would like to once again thank our customers who have borne the brunt of the attack through interrupted service.
Our engineers are continuing to work to restore and maintain the services, and we appreciate our customers' continued support.
While we are investigating the cause of the Network outage, we wanted to alert you that it may be a full day or two before we're able to get the service completely back up and running.
Thank you very much for your patience while we work to resolve this matter. Please stay tuned to this space for more details, and we'll update you again as soon as we can.
For further information, please refer to updates on PlayStation.com our @PlayStationEU twitter feed.
Finally, for those wondering PSN error 80710A06 simply means "Issue with the system: The PlayStation 3 system encounted an issue" according to Sony's PS3 error code checker.
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Also - one quite suspicious aspect about all this is the "moving to the more secure location" - why would they need to do that if it was purelly outside attack? Or did they hosted it untill now in somebody's bedroom or what??
“a very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack,”
This may be true Sony, but they would of needed some small amount of inside help one way or another, whether you admit that or not.
I still do not believe the group that allegedly did this will harm anyone other than pissing off Sony, and if reports come out that they are selling this info, then it will most likely to be fake or some kind of entrapment lol.
Sony was told about this months ago, they didn't find this, Sony didn't know they had a shadow on their system nor would they have, until they was told.
If I remember they was told Sony's system was insecure and needed addressing for the public's safety, and Sony being Sony thought they knew best and did nothing, so the group being the Jedi's nights luckily in this matter have saved the day and saved the data from the evil Sony empire and the black market, and made Sony sit up and smell the coffee and take note to stop this data getting into the wrong hands.
Surely only idiot would use his / her own credit card for that - it it was so "highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack" then they'd either use the stolen card or prepaid one. Either way this lead would be pretty much useless. And indeed, in the same terms - from which location / IP was the transaction performed and any consequentuall access to the rented cloud space done.
And - for those liking the bit of conspiracy - why not assume that even the Amazon "failure due the the update / backup" was not for example another part of the cover up of the attack to Sony?