It’s been a week or so, and the Playstation Network is still down. Anyone with a PSN account (and a copy of Mortal Kombat or SOCOM 4) knows that with the PSN down, online gaming isn’t happening any time soon, causing the ire of players across the world. Sony has released several statements concerning the issue, all promising that they’re working as fast as possible to restore the PSN. However, after the two-day claim, it’s clear the Network might be down a bit longer than expected.

Sony however, seems to be rushing to fix what’s gone wrong (the network is down, personal information in the hands of the attackers, etc.) and most recently, to pursue those who attacked the network. In regards to that, it’s unknown at this time exactly who was responsible for the attack(s). At first, Anonymous, the “hack-tivists” of the internet, were the prime suspects, but they claim the attack wasn’t from them. While some of Anonymous may have restrained themselves from attacking, others who “act” in accordance with the idea of Anonymous may have gone off on their own.

The PlayStation Network was brought down by someone, and Sony spoke of “aggressively tracking down those responsible.” Sony has called in help from an external “recognized security firm” for assistance, while they scramble to get back on their feet. The mentioned “recognized security firm” isn’t named, and it seems no one but Sony knows. The private information that has been jeopardized by the intrusion and acknowledged by Sony is as follows:

Your personal info, which includes:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email adress
  • Birthday

Your PSN ID:

  • Login
  • Handles
  • Passwords
  • Password Request Answers (and, by extension, your security questions)

Your PlayStation Store:

  • Billing address
  • Purchase history
  • Any minor under your account (if applicable) with billing information.

Sony claims that there’s no evidence of credit card info or expiration dates of said cards being leaked, but horrifyingly explain that they “cannot rule out the possibility.” Sony advises that you (in the event you did register a card) to disregard any communication from anyone concerning your card, its information, and to periodically check your bank statements for mysterious purchases or other irregularities.

So far, Sony seems to be acting as quickly as they can, but for some gamers, it’s not quick enough. Keep your eyes on Game Rant for more information and breaking news.

Source: Sony

tags: PS3, PSN, Sony