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PSN Down, But Why?

PlayStation Network is down today.  But there is a mystery about the reason it’s down.

On Friday, Sony announced that PSN would be down for maintenance on Monday. Most likely this was maintenance to get the network ready for the influx of Destiny players when the game is released on September 9th.

But for some reason, PSN was not working on late Saturday and into Sunday, a full day earlier than expected. This didn’t spark much of a panic at first. But shortly thereafter, a hacker group called Lizard Squad took to twitter to claim responsibility for the outage. The hackers have taken responsibility for hitting various gaming sites with DDoS attacks. As of now, those affected by the attacks include PlayStation Network, Battle.net, League of Legends, and Path of Exile.

Sony has confirmed that the network is having some trouble, and they are working to fix the issues.

Sony is no stranger to DDoS attacks. In 2011, PSN was brought to it’s knees but the hacker group, Anonymous. The network was down for 23 days. Those who had purchased SOCOM 4, which was released the day before the attack, found themselves unable to play the game due to its heavy reliance upon PSN.

Now, two weeks before the release of Destiny, we find ourselves in a similar situation. Was PSN really brought down by a DDos attack? If so, how bad is it? Will history repeat itself?

Only time will tell.

Update:

Just before publishing this article, Sony released a statement confirming that it was indeed a victim of a DDoS attack. As of now, they are still working to fix the issue, but made it perfectly clear that our personal information is safe.  How much longer it will be before everything is working properly remains to be seen.

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