Sony rebuilding PSN network infrastructure after ‘external intrusion'

Last week gamers everywhere noticed that PSN had been taken down for maintenance, Neowin reported that the reasoning behind its downtime was due to an ‘external intrusion’.

Sony has now posted an update and it doesn’t look very optimistic for its users. The company has said that for the time being the PSN and Qriocity services (which were also affected) have been suspended and that they are ‘working around the clock’ to get them both back online with the security that it is apparently missing.

They also stated that they are rebuilding their system in order to strengthen their network infrastructure so that they can try and avoid such a problem again. This of course makes it a much more time consuming job in order to get it online but Sony believes that the additional security is worth the wait.

It was speculated that the ‘external intrusion’ had been made by Anonymous who had been defending Geohot in a lawsuit against Sony over him jail breaking the PS3 and posting the information to allow others to run home-brew code on their PS3. Anonymous later denied the claims saying “while it could be the case that other Anons have acted by themselves Anonops was not related to this incident and does not take responsibility for whatever has happened. ”

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Anyone wanna game of black ops on PS3? lol

If you ask me I would get an Xbox 360, it's better overall and it has a feature the PS3 doesn't
Online Multiplayer, lol

Flawed said,
This is what happens when you mess with hackers. I hope sony has learnt its lesson.

Sony learned how to better secure their network, while their user base of 70 million have learned to punch any hacker in the face.

Gabe3 said,
well you get what you pay for, being that the PSN is free

What makes you think that the system wouldn't have had the flaws they're fixing if you were paying for it?

_dandy_ said,

What makes you think that the system wouldn't have had the flaws they're fixing if you were paying for it?

There is no difference, they just have to find a reason to make "free" seem like a bad thing.

_dandy_ said,

What makes you think that the system wouldn't have had the flaws they're fixing if you were paying for it?

Xbox Live has never been hacked like this. A few bucks a month may go a long way in motivating a company to fortify it's networks. How many corners did Sony cut to keep PSN free? No one will ever know but what I do know they can not verify the security of my personal information nor my credit card information. I already put a hold on my card to be safe and getting issued a new one.

Thanks to the PSN outage i still can't access my PC copy of portal 2 since i still need to link my steam account

Bag said,
Thanks to the PSN outage i still can't access my PC copy of portal 2 since i still need to link my steam account

I'm surprised Valve hasn't figured out another way to make this happen. Would be a good buffer for the time.

As long as the bring it back up soon, with more security and protection for its users, all will be ok.
Funny a few people think Sony is just trying to hurt themselves and would rather try and defend an unorganized group of kids and basement hackers.
Most likely after all the anon attacks, Sony was able to notice some security flaws that were being exploited, and to save it's users from having personal info breached, decided to take down the servers and secure them. If you are against that, you are not the sharpest marble in the hill of bananas

Tager said,
Speculation - Is it possible Sony is moving some of their servers from Japan to other countries?

hmm didn't think about that, what would make you think they were hosted from Japan, anyway?

Tager said,
Speculation - Is it possible Sony is moving some of their servers from Japan to other countries?

I can't imagine that PSN's world servers are all located in Japan. That would be insane ping.

DukeEsquire said,

I can't imagine that PSN's world servers are all located in Japan. That would be insane ping.

Joker. said,

what would make you think they were hosted from Japan, anyway?

Maybe not world servers but perhaps core servers that all other servers look to for direction? If Japan is suffering from power issues, then it would probably make sense to relocate these.

eilegz said,
now lets hope that they add the needed features like cross game voice chat...

You know, if this was a feature after the outage, no one would have a single complaint
Here that Sony, cross game voice chat and we will forgive

shakey said,

You know, if this was a feature after the outage, no one would have a single complaint
Here that Sony, cross game voice chat and we will forgive

Agreed! Something the PS3 sorely misses out on

Brian Miller said,
It's funny how Sony is blaming Anonymous for their own failings and using him as a very convenient scapegoat .

The funny thing when you run a loose organization that has no name and operates in the shadows is that you never quite know what your members are doing.

Anonymous has numerous splinter groups that were publishing Sony exec's personal information including the names and location of Sony executive spouses and children.

How does Anonymous have any idea if any Anonymous members are doing this?

Brian Miller said,
It's funny how Sony is blaming Anonymous for their own failings and using him as a very convenient scapegoat .

Don't think Sony ever actually blamed Anonymous.. that's just random people on the internet saying that.

Jen Smith said,

Don't think Sony ever actually blamed Anonymous.. that's just random people on the internet saying that.

Sony has only stated, External Intrusion. All theories have been just that, theories. But, with all the evidence, the most logical is that there are members of Anon, or people with the same mentality, who have exposed flaws in their system, prompting Sony to do this.

shakey said,

Sony has only stated, External Intrusion. All theories have been just that, theories. But, with all the evidence, the most logical is that there are members of Anon, or people with the same mentality, who have exposed flaws in their system, prompting Sony to do this.

Not because of Anonymous. Probably because of credit card hack, where you could get free PSN downloads with fake credit card info, and console ban bypass on the developer network, which makes more sense because Anonymous doesn't claim responsibility.

Read "I'm a moderator over at PSX-Scene.com - The real reason PSN is down."

Why are you making it sound like they are rebuilding the entire PSN when that isn't the case? what a very misleading article indeed

Fubar said,
Why are you making it sound like they are rebuilding the entire PSN when that isn't the case? what a very misleading article indeed
no...the article says exactly what Sony has said if you read their blog post...
"re-building our system to further strengthen our network infrastructure"

philcruicks said,
no...the article says exactly what Sony has said if you read their blog post...
"re-building our system to further strengthen our network infrastructure"

I'm not buying it, the title is very misleading.

Fubar said,
Why are you making it sound like they are rebuilding the entire PSN when that isn't the case? what a very misleading article indeed
Neither this article or the blog post uses the word "entire". It doesn't use "portion" or "part" either.

Instead, it says "[...] re-building our system to further strengthen our network infrastructure." However, one can infer that they meant "[...] re-building our [entire] system to further strengthen our network infrastructure."

After all, you'd normally say "I'm going upstairs." instead of "I'm going all the way upstairs." (unless otherwise specified).

Fubar said,
Why are you making it sound like they are rebuilding the entire PSN when that isn't the case? what a very misleading article indeed

Not buying it????? Here is the ENTIRE Sony post.....

"We sincerely regret that PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have been suspended, and we are working around the clock to bring them both back online. Our efforts to resolve this matter involve re-building our system to further strengthen our network infrastructure. Though this task is time-consuming, we decided it was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security.

We thank you for your patience to date and ask for a little more while we move towards completion of this project. We will continue to give you updates as they become available."

So if you can read then you know that Tom is not saying anything Sony isnt.

Stop acting like anonymous is an organisation, or a grounds where people with green faces sit and hack stuff.

Anon can be anyone -_-

MrGriggs said,
Stop acting like anonymous is an organisation, or a grounds where people with green faces sit and hack stuff.

Anon can be anyone -_-

+1

MrGriggs said,
Stop acting like anonymous is an organisation

Definitions of organization on the Web:

•a group of people who work together
•the activity or result of distributing or disposing persons or things properly or methodically
•An organization (or organisation -- see spelling differences) is a social arrangement which pursues collective goals , controls its own performance, and has a boundary separating it from its environment

cybertimber2008 said,
which pursues collective goals
Agreed
cybertimber2008 said,
controls its own performance
Nope
cybertimber2008 said,
has a boundary separating it from its environment
Hard to say...

Brian Miller said,
Why does the PS3 need to authenticate with the PSN when I'm trying to watch NetFlix. What BS!

I was able to get onto Netflix last night. I kept trying to log into PSN multiple times until Netflix loaded in the background. Maybe I was lucky.

With netflix, just sign in, it will fail, then press O, and you can browse inside Netflix. If you are getting another error, where it says Netflix is checking for an update. You have to re-assign your ps3 a new IP, or just disconnect and reconnect it from your internet connection, and it should work after you reconnect it. ( i had that issue for a day )

shakey said,
With netflix, just sign in, it will fail, then press O, and you can browse inside Netflix. If you are getting another error, where it says Netflix is checking for an update. You have to re-assign your ps3 a new IP, or just disconnect and reconnect it from your internet connection, and it should work after you reconnect it. ( i had that issue for a day )

+1 This is what I do and it works.

shakey said,
With netflix, just sign in, it will fail, then press O, and you can browse inside Netflix. If you are getting another error, where it says Netflix is checking for an update. You have to re-assign your ps3 a new IP, or just disconnect and reconnect it from your internet connection, and it should work after you reconnect it. ( i had that issue for a day )

Good advice, but I should not have to do any of that.