PlayStation Network Suffers DDoS Attack [UPDATED]

Published 3 weeks ago by , Updated August 25th, 2014 at 1:35 am,

PlayStation Network DDoS Attack

The PlayStation Network was hit with a DDoS (Direct Denial of Service) attack over the weekend, crippling Sony’s online services across all their various platforms. Gamers began noticing network outages starting early Sunday morning, and shortly after Sony came forward to confirm that, yes, there had been an attack.

An anonymous hacker group has come forward to claim responsibility for the DDoS attack but have not said why. Furthermore, the group tweeted out a bomb threat directed at Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley’s mid-air flight, which was promptly diverted.

As of this writing, PlayStation services are still spotty and the hacker group is widening their threats to include servers for Blizzard Entertainment, League of Legends, and Path of Exile. So far, neither of those services has gone down, but gamers should be wary if they notice any outages.

Obviously this DDoS Attack pales in comparison to the PSN outage of 2011, but it still brings up familiar concerns. The hope was that Sony had seriously beefed up their security after the outage, but apparently they didn’t do enough. Thankfully, Sony reports that no personal information has been accessed or tampered with; this is simply a DDoS attack.

Like other major networks around the world, the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network have been impacted by an attempt to overwhelm our network with artificially high traffic.

Although this has impacted your ability to access our network and enjoy our services, no personal information has been accessed.

We will continue to work towards fixing this issue and hope to have our services up and running as soon as possible.

We regret any inconvenience this may have caused.

Although some will draw connections between the recent goings-on in the industry and this attack, we’re focusing on the more pressing matter: the SEN is down and SOE’s President had to have his plane redirected because of a bomb threat. It seems strange that a hacker group, presumably consisting of gamers, would want to hurt other gamers, or even threaten the life of a major industry figure, but such is the world we live in. It’s a world where Phil Fish can share some unpopular opinions and then have his corporate site and Twitter account (allegedly) hacked.

Coincidentally, Sony had already announced an SEN maintenance down time for Monday August 25th, so we wouldn’t be surprised if the company simply kept their online services down through the maintenance period. That obviously doesn’t help gamers who were hoping to fit in a few multiplayer sessions before the weekend is up, but that might be how Sony chooses to approach this situation. We’ll keep you posted.

[UPDATE: Sony says that all PlayStation services are back online!]

Did you notice any SEN or PlayStation Network outages this weekend? Are you still having trouble connecting?

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Source: IGN

TAGS: PS3, PS4, PSN, Sony

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  1. PlayStation was not directly attacked it was aimed at SOE not PSN. Also it never got passed the ISP Sony is just waiting for the traffic to clear up.

  2. Dealing with Earthquake damage so they picked a great day to bring down Sony because we are to busy cleaning up and don’t have time to game!

  3. “The hope was that Sony had seriously beefed up their security after the outage, but apparently they didn’t do enough.”

    -_-

    being hacked goes with security, being DDoSed on the other hand, has nothing to do with security. If anything, it has to do with server and network reliability. Their security is still very top notch, even as I am typing this right now, while their networks are still down. The RELIABILITY of their servers and services, however, has smacked the floor.

    Think of it like this: A bank’s security is the vault that keeps all the money safe. If someone hacks the bank, or robs it, they are stealing the money and breaking into the vault. Since what happened in 2011, they made a much stronger vault that is impenetrable (to a point, I suppose). When you DDoS, you’re not robbing the bank. You are surrounding the bank with a huge wall that nobody can pass. The bank is still secure, but inaccessible.

  4. DDoS = hit the servers with as much traffic as possible, causing s*** to clog up and lock up, it has nothing to do with network security and in fact is something close to impossible to ‘solve’ since everything has a limit to how much it can tolerate.

    the little mother f***ers that think they’re hard c**ts for doing this should be sent to a real world battlefield as punishment… that might straighten up their f***ing smart a** attitude >.>

    • Yeah, I know what a DDoS attack is – we’ve been hit with them before – I was trying to find a quick way to sum up the fact that some people will think Sony should have better prepared for something like this. Not to say they weren’t just stuff to consider.

      • “Obviously this DDoS Attack pales in comparison to the PSN outage of 2011, but it still brings up familiar concerns. The hope was that Sony had seriously beefed up their security after the outage, but apparently they didn’t do enough. Thankfully, Sony reports that no personal information has been accessed or tampered with; this is simply a DDoS attack.”

        Knowing this was “simply a DDoS attack” you should have left out the part about Sony’s security. It seems (may not have been the intent) to scream “lets take a stab.” Many people have taken the time in the comment section to describe what a DDoS actually is. Also, seems you could have done that yourself instead of bringing up the security or what you seem to think is lack of security.

  5. well this stinks i really hope that buying a playstation was not a mistake

  6. they made a much stronger vault that is impenetrable (to a point, I suppose). Being this new if there is a will there is a way HUE HUE HUE Sony got hit like kony wonder how much longer there going to be down for the count

  7. Was back up around midnight. Xbox Live went down too.

  8. i cant believe they did it on a Sunday :’( i was really wanting to play street fighter. i was able to get on sometimes but it would only last 10 mins

    why would they target sony anyway? they’ve been really great since last year when they announced the ps4. sony have literally done everything right. maybe they are xbots? XD

  9. It must be the work of jealous Xbox fanboys (jk)

  10. Gr8 b8 m8 strider how about you swallow that hook fgt

  11. Why go after companies that make games, which we can all agree on is a positive, when they can hack organizations & people that are assholes? Like rich people who are douche bags, activists spreading hate (WBC), etc. Like why attack companies that make awesome games? Go use your hacking skills somewhere else where they’re needed and not just for trolling.

  12. Absolutely nothing has happened on xbox ones live service. I have been online all last night and all of tonight. Your 10 million console seller got hacked for personal financial info 3 years ago. And now it is so poorly secured that it allows DDOS attack ??? Great system…sorry xbox ones live service never studdered. 300,000+ dedicated servers and active DDOS security. Better games…better features…better online service…better security…just better than ps4. I have been playing madden 15 all week and just preordered it for $54. Ps4 has network breakdowns, bunch of worthless indies and a playstation now trainwreck. Ps4 is a joke….sold mine in May. Its inferior to xbox one.

    • Haha, you sound like you’re really trying to convince yourself.

      Sorry, Xbone sucks, and will always suck.

      “Better games”

      Like what, Halo? LOL!

      “Better features”

      TV and a creepy kinect. Nice.

      “Better online service”

      Not really.

      “better security”

      Not really, again.

      “just better than ps4.”

      lol

  13. Guy says Xbox is better, only game he’s played madden . MANY INSIGHT OH WOW.

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