Playstation Network down for some users [Update]

It's a case of deja-vu all over again for some users of Sony's Playstation Network today. The official Twitter page for the online gaming service has confirmed there are some issues with the network at the moment.

A tweet states, "We're aware that some of you are having issues trying to log into PSN. We're working to resolve the issue, and we'll update you here." So far Sony has not given out any information on what has caused the login problems with the Playstation Network, nor is there a timetable for when these issues will be resolved.

This new issue with PSN reminds its many users of what happened back in April, when a cyber attack conducted by Lulzsec caused Sony to shut down the Playstation Network's servers for several weeks. The  attack on the service exposed personal info, but not credit card information (according to Sony, at least), for tens of millions of its users. Full service was restored by June and Sony gave PSN users free games and free 30 day subscriptions to its Playstation Plus premium service -- among other things -- as compensation for its downtime.

Earlier this month Sony CEO Howard Stringer said that the Playstation Network had bounced back from the cyber attacks, saying, "I'm pleased to tell you that the PSN is more secure and better than ever. We are aggressively expanding its content. We have more than 3 million new customers since the network came back online, and sales are exceeding what we had before the cyber attacks."

Update: The Playstation Network's Twitter page now says the login problems have been fixed.

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This new issue with PSN reminds its many users of what happened back in April...

As I said in the thread that was made in the GH, we need to remember that Sony haven't told us why the outage has occurred yet. Let's all hang fire before jumping straight on the idea that Sony have screwed up like they did in April.

MightyJordan said,
Well, it's working fine for me right now. I'm signed in and browsing through the store.
I guess that constitutes proof that it must therefore be working for everyone /s

In my opinion if I was to look at both the PSN network and the xbox live network i would be pretty happy to say that the PSN network will be more secure than the xbox live one.

This is because PSN have had first hand experiences so they would of paid millions of pounds for experts to fine pick through the system looking for any holes and then tighten them two-fold, and they know they can't let something like that happen again.

I dunno that's just my thoughts on it, as xbox live hasnt had to do that, though im sure they had people look through it since PSN got attacked.

booboo said,
In my opinion if I was to look at both the PSN network and the xbox live network i would be pretty happy to say that the PSN network will be more secure than the xbox live one.

This is because PSN have had first hand experiences so they would of paid millions of pounds for experts to fine pick through the system looking for any holes and then tighten them two-fold, and they know they can't let something like that happen again.

I dunno that's just my thoughts on it, as xbox live hasnt had to do that, though im sure they had people look through it since PSN got attacked.

Xbox Live hasn't had to do that, but Microsoft has, what with their history of being really bad at security. MS has been forced to take a security first approach to many things, including Live. I feel fairly confident in their abilities, especially since hackers seem to love going after MS, but it has yet to hit Live in any serious way like it did with Sony

booboo said,
In my opinion if I was to look at both the PSN network and the xbox live network i would be pretty happy to say that the PSN network will be more secure than the xbox live one.

This is because PSN have had first hand experiences so they would of paid millions of pounds for experts to fine pick through the system looking for any holes and then tighten them two-fold, and they know they can't let something like that happen again.

I dunno that's just my thoughts on it, as xbox live hasnt had to do that, though im sure they had people look through it since PSN got attacked.


Sony however have a big history of being unable to fix big problems, I doubt it will end soon.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
works fine here. sounds like jumping to conclusions to assume it's another outage.

It was posted on CNET too. Sounds like you checked when it was back up.

they just posted it is now back up "PSN update: If you encountered issues logging in today, try logging in now. Apologies for the inconvenience!"

"It's a case of deja vu all over again" <- Really? That's awfully dramatic. XBL went down occasionally for me when I had an XBox 360.

CoMMo said,
"It's a case of deja vu all over again" <- Really? That's awfully dramatic. XBL went down occasionally for me when I had an XBox 360.
Bad comparison as XBL never got hacked.

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