Sony reports PlayStation Network online services are returning, though users may continue to experience difficulty logging in, slowness, and authentication failures for a while.
Sony has acknowledged the DDOS attack and has released an official statement:
“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.”
A ‘hacking’ group who calls itself “The Lizard Squad” have come out with claims, saying that they are responsible for the DDOS attack against the PlayStation Network, Blizzard, Riot Games, and Grinding Gear Games, causing some of their services to become unavailable.
John Smeadley, President of Sony Online Entertainment has acknowledged the DDOS attack, and has come out to say that they are working on resolving the issue.
It’s almost under control now. Sorry for the inconvenience.
— John Smedley (@j_smedley) August 24, 2014
As it stands, PSN appears to be down almost everywhere with a few reporting that they have managed to get back online. Do note that this isn’t like the notorious PSN hack that happened four years ago. This is only a DDOS attack, and for those who don’t l know what that is, you can catch the description below. Though, if this does progress to something more, we will be sure to update you on that.
Wiki: in a DDoS attack, the incoming traffic flooding the victim originates from many different sources – potentially hundreds of thousands or more. This effectively makes it impossible to stop the attack simply by blocking a single IP address; plus, it is very difficult to distinguish legitimate user traffic from attack traffic when spread across so many points of origin.
In short, the servers are being overloaded with ‘fake’ traffic.
This is a bit unfortunate for PlayStation gamers as tomorrow, Sony is scheduled to perform a mandatory maintenance.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated when the services come back online.