Sony Update On PSN, Cite “External Intrusion”

Sony have issued a statement regarding the current PSN downtime, which has been since Wednesday evening.

“An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services,” says the brief blog post, echoed across both the EU and US versions.


“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.”

We’re assuming ‘external intrusion’ means some kind of internet-based hack.  Frustrated?  Don’t be.



  1. Aha ok thanks for the info

    • Posted on 25 April by James Gallagher – Blog Manager, SCEE PSN Update

      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. Will keep you updated with information as it becomes available. We once again thank you for your patience.”

      source: eu ps blog

      • just read comments from todays’ announcement & comments 13/17 had me laughing.
        made even more funny, when placed inbetween very serious ones.

  2. so, maybe it was anonymous?
    or at least some part of that group.

    • AnonOps have denied it, and everyone’s basically keeping quiet and not taking credit…

      So who’s lying?

      • Usually groups are all too happy to claim it was them, even if it wasn’t them.

      • maybe it’s anon special-ops. the elite unit

      • Lol. DeniableOps ??

      • but a group might deny involvement in actions that affect innocents if they relied on the public perception of their actions being positive.
        i would imagine anonymous need a positive public image to keep their numbers high enough to be effective at whatever it is they actually do.

      • look i am pissed about all of this just like everryone else and if ur gona turn off the network u can at least tell us wen its gona b on instead of hoping and praying for it to come on every day we wake up i have been wishing my life away so u guys deserve to give us something like a date wen it is gona b on so tell us already

    • I don’t know if people are interested, but Anonymous have released a statement about this, titled “For Once We Didn’t Do It”, you can find it here:

      I’d copy and paste the contents, but as always with these Anonymous press releases, it’s kind of long winded. They seem to suggest that Sony might be using the whole Anonymous thing to hide some screw up.

      • As much as I hate hackers you have to admit, Anon have a good sense of humor.

  3. so i might be right not saying i am but now there confirming its to do with security

    • if you dont know what im on about look at the forums

      • I think you put 2 and 2 together and got 27. Just my personal opinion though.

      • lol could well be but you dont think it xould be down whilst they clear out and secure that side of the psn aswell

  4. Saw it just now on twitter and if switching it off stops some idiotic keyboard warrior from walking off with everyone’s bank details then good job sony!

  5. Don’t these low-lifes know (or care) about all the people who’ve had their innocent gaming lives disrupted so that that retards like them can protest at not being allowed to break into other people’s computers/systems and look at/copy/steal what they want?

    Place them up against a wall and shoot them – they won’t do it again!

  6. Well id rather trust Sonys word that a bunch of faceless wannabe teens and young adults with high fluting ideas protecting moral and public interest.

    • to be honest, i wouldn’t put much faith in what either entity says.

  7. It could be a few things:
    – Sony are putting together a hack proof PSN
    – A new pro-Geohot hacker group
    – A current splinter group of Anonymous hacker group that have gone too far.
    – A virus from the internet.
    What do you reckon?

    • GladOS asked the PSN to divide by zero.

      We’re done here.

  8. At least they let us know what’s happening, which is what a lot of people wanted.
    Let the moaning about lack of updates commence again! :P

  9. it’s skynet. ATM networks are next

  10. I wonder if Bill Gates is involved, after seeing Greg’s latest console sales TSA article with MS having such a tiny slice of the Pie Chart and thinking “Crumbs!” literally :P
    Seriously though, I agree with others that I’d rather that they took their time to fix things and had the service running at full specification rather than some half arsed attempt to get it going during mid-repair with inevitable disconnections.

    • It’s been years since Bill Gates has been head of Microsoft, keep up.

      • Who mentioned anything about him being the head of MS? He has a vested interest in the company as one of the original co-founders that’s all.
        No need for the pedantic sarcasm as I was just joking and not stating fact…*noted for future* Jokes are picked apart, so do a full research first on material to be used…Hmmm maybe not.

      • Well done Josh. That was the most stupid and and unnecessary comment I havevever read on this site. You’re on a roll after that last article aren’t you? :L

      • Comments like this from staff members really have to stop.

      • I know written text is notoriously hard to understand, but come on guys, I think a little benefit of the doubt is nice sometimes. Just imagine a little winking smiley, and see if that totally changes the tone of what’s written.

        In this case, it really does make a big change, turning it from a snide remark to a little nudge and wink. From my limited gaming fun with Josh, i can be pretty confident in saying this was not intended as a put down. Seriously, he’s a nice guy!

      • @ Kronik76
        i couldn’t agrre more, writers should be setting an example (not in verbal bullying/degrading/humiliating comments) majority do set a great example/tone, however 2or3 unfortunately dont.
        lead by example is all i’m saying.

        we’re all here due to one common interest, writers & members alike.

      • @teflon
        :) ;) no imagining req.
        i think some comments are so obliviously more easy misinterpretation than others.
        in this case i think it’s up to the person who made the comment to make it more clear, not for the reader to guess.

      • more easy *open to misinterpretation

      • Well, to be fair, appending every sentence with a smiley just to cement the facial expression and vocal inflection you’re intended would be pretty horrendous to my sensibilities, let alone a writer’s. :-|

        Having said that, yeah, shove smiley in to make it clearer, and misunderstandings are generally avoided. It’s still easy just to forget to add one though. Um… ;-)

      • i would say ur right in this instance, no harm was meant.
        again unfortunately down to interpretation of the reader,
        doest have to be a symbol, careful wording more appropriate i’d say.
        i think yesterday’s comment by a certain writer, is still fresh in my mind & more what im getting at in terms of leading by example.

      • Oh, forget about it guys….I have ;), there’s more important things to worry about than these little insignificant postings, and it could have been a misinterpretation after all.
        Just need to know which town Josh lives in :):):) Mwahahaha!
        Just joking honestly ;)

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