It’s 2016 and Sony Says: The PlayStation Network Is Down
Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation Network (PSN) a vast resource that includes the multiplayer platform, the PlayStation Store and other social features are all currently experiencing downtime.
It’s a new year and yet some things don’t change. Sony seems to be running into the same old problems. The company has acknowledged that its popular PlayStation Network is currently experiencing issues across a host of services.
The latest outage comes in a week wherein Sony and other hardware and technology giants unveil new prototypes and gadgets at the much-publicized Consumer Electronics Show (CES), an annual event in Las Vegas. We’re willing to bet Sony is scrambling to fix the PlayStation Network, a part of the company’s gaming division Sony Computer Entertainment, which is one of the few remaining profitable companies of Sony.
A quick look at Sony’s PSN status tracker reveals disruption across every service offered:
Sony’s official support account on Twitter also acknowledged the downtime plaguing the PlayStation Network, a gaming network that is common among every Sony gaming console and device including the PS4, PS3 and the PS Vita.
We're aware that some users are having trouble accessing PSN. Thanks for your patience as we investigate. https://t.co/8hMUSl2cCe
— Ask PlayStation (@AskPlayStation) January 4, 2016
PlayStation Europe also joined in to remind everyone that the outage is one facing gamers worldwide.
We're aware that some users are having trouble accessing PSN. Thanks for your patience as we investigate. https://t.co/HmIuBnB2sZ
— PlayStation Europe (@PlayStationEU) January 4, 2016
Curiously, Sony has not revealed the reason for the major outage and even more surprisingly, no hacking group seems to be taking credit for it.
The PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live are both routinely targeted by hacking groups during Christmas over the past two years. Lizard Squad, the infamous hacking group were responsible for launching DDoS attacks on both gaming networks during Christmas 2014. The DDoS group made good on their threat that preceded Christmas at the time.
The timing of today’s PSN outage comes during a week where another hacking group has been making the rounds among headlines. New World Hacking, a New York-based hacktivist collective that claims to engage in shenanigans primarily to disrupt ISIS has recently taken credit for the DDoS-induced takedown of BBC on New Year’s eve. The hacktivist collective also claimed responsibility for the takedown of Donald Trump’s campaign website this past weekend. In doing so, the group claimed that it is only getting started.
With no real reason or cause revealed for the latest PSN disruption, a DDoS attack is only speculative. Still, gamers around the world will be hoping that Sony is only engaging in some unscheduled maintenance, rather than being the target of yet another DDoS attack.
Featured image from PlayStation.