Sony’s PlayStation Network taken down as hackers overload the network.
Sony’s PlayStation Network was hit by a cyber attack on Sunday, August 24, 2014. A group of hackers took down the network as they flooded the network with artificially high traffic. In a blog post, published on Sunday, August 24, 2014, Sony clarified that personal information of the 53 million users had not been compromised in the attack.
The hackers that were responsible for Sony’s network outage also hit the servers of Blizzard Entertainment, developers of World of Warcraft, while they threatened to attack the Xbox Live network.
In an announcement that came in the form of an update on the original blog post, Sony has restored PSN services on Monday, August 25, 2014.
The Lizard Squad (@LizardSquad) tweeted “Sony, yet another large company, but they aren’t spending the waves of cash they obtain on their customers’ PSN service. End the greed.”
A spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment, Satoshi Nakajima said,”We are trying to get the network back up as fast as we can while finding the source of the problem but I can’t say how long that will take.”
Sony’s PlayStation Network was not the only thing that the hackers targeted on Sunday. The Lizard Squad tweeted to American Airlines claiming there was a bomb on a plane carrying Sony Online Entertainment’s President John Smedley. The FBI is currently investigating the case, where the flight carrying Smedley had to be diverted.
This is not the first time that the PSN has been the victim of a cyber attack. In 2011, a network breach resulted in canceling plans of building a ‘looser network’ which could run over a range of Sony devices.