There’s been a few big stories in the past few days, one is of course the whole iPhone geo-location data tracking thing – but everyone was too busy checking into Foursquare to complain about that.
The other is that the Sony PlayStation Network (PSN) basically got hacked, owned and raped. It’s still currently down and according to Sony is being completely rebuilt to be more secure, so far it’s been down for 4 days.
The outage of Sony’s PlayStation Network and Qriocity service, now in its fourth day, looks set to continue after the company said on Sunday that it is “rebuilding” its system to better guard against attacks.
Sony said on Saturday that the outage was caused by an “external intrusion” into the network, but has yet to detail the problem.
The PlayStation Network is used for PlayStation 3 online gaming and sales of software to consoles and the PlayStation Portable. The Qriocity service runs on the same network infrastructure and provides audio and video to Sony consumer electronics products. The latest update, while not explaining the intrusion, pointed towards it being relatively sophisticated.
“Our efforts to resolve this matter involve rebuilding our system to further strengthen our network infrastructure,” the company said in a statement. “Though this task is time-consuming, we decided it was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security.”
I bet there’s a lot of gaming addicts out there jonesing to get their fix, I’d imagine it’s a top priority for Sony to get this back up and running especially as they were planning to major updates. They haven’t as yet given any kind of indication as to how long it’s going to take them to fix it.
I’d estimate they should be done before the end of this week, more than 7 days down is suicide for this kind of online model.
Sony said it is “working around the clock to bring them both back online,” but didn’t say when they might return. Phone calls to the company’s Tokyo headquarters went unanswered on Sunday.
“We thank you for your patience to date and ask for a little more while we move towards completion of this project,” the statement said.
The outage has left PlayStation 3 owners unable to play online games. Networked gaming, in which gamers collaborate with others in real-time battles, challenges and quests, is very popular and typically enjoyed by millions, especially over the weekend.
I’d imagine we’ll be seeing some kinda of announcement by Sony about this fairly shortly – they can’t be leaving millions of frustrated gamers in the dark. I’d be interested to see some kind of details regarding the intrusion too.
How did they get in? How serious was it? Did they use some kind of mythical 0-day exploit?
From what we know about Sony though, I wouldn’t hold your breath on the details..
Source: Network World