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PlayStation Cyberattack Downs Network During Prime Gaming Days

By    |   Monday, 29 Dec 2014 01:28 PM

A PlayStation cyberattack that downed the gaming network during three of the busiest days of the year last week was finally neutralized Sunday, Sony announced.

"PlayStation Network is back online," Catherine Jensen, Sony's vice president of Consumer Experience, wrote on the PlayStation blog early Sunday. "As you probably know, PlayStation Network and some other gaming services were attacked over the holidays with artificially high levels of traffic designed to disrupt connectivity and online gameplay."

"This may have prevented your access to the network and its services over the last few days," Jensen continued. "Thanks again for your support and patience. We'll provide any further updates here."

Sony got a little ahead of itself a day earlier on Saturday, announcing that the bugs installed by the hackers had been exterminated. But, according to PCWorld.com, the network was dark again by Saturday afternoon while additional work was done.

"It soon became obvious that the problem was far from fixed yet when by early afternoon the status of the PlayStation Network had been changed to 'offline' again, and the Ask PlayStation Twitter account updated to say that Sony engineers were again looking into reports that users were having sing-in problems," PCWorld reported.

"Many customers are also questioning on social media the quality of the PlayStation Network's security," the tech site continued. "They're expressing disbelief that a tech company as large as Sony can be so vulnerable to a DDoS attack that triggers a days-long outage at the height of the holiday season and on such a high profile online service, right as millions of customers — mostly children — are unwrapping new gaming consoles."

The hacker group that calls itself Lizard Squad has taken responsibility for playing Scrooge with the Christmas day attack, but claimed Friday it was no longer concentrating on the PlayStation network, according to the New York Daily News.

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A PlayStation cyberattack that downed the gaming network during three of the busiest days of the year last week was finally neutralized Sunday, Sony announced.
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