Sony PlayStation is Hacked Again, Causing Major Network Disruption

Recent news reveals that a network outage occurred on Sony PlayStation between April 17 and April 19, 2011. Sony PlayStation Network had been hacked. About 70 million internet users worldwide were hit by this massive data theft. They used to shop online and play online video games. Due to the current outage they were only able to play games offline only. The intrusion spread all over the United States during the spring holidays.

The Impact

Qriocity service user account information, along with PlayStation Network was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into the network.


The major suspicion fell upon a Hacker group named Anonymous. The Japanese electronics giant had previously taken legal action against these two hackers for other reasons. This group denied the accusation put upon them and said that Sony was not their official target. They also added that the PlayStation network intrusion might be caused by some individual hackers.

Sony Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Social Media, Patrick Seybold stated in an online post –

“We are doing all we can to resolve this situation quickly, and we once again thank you for your patience.”

Following information about PSN customers have been stolen by the hackers:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Country
  • Email address
  • Date of birth
  • PSN login and password

The PlayStation Network service responded to this outage by doing these:

  • Temporarily shut down PlayStation Network and Qriocity services.
  • Hired an outside, reputed security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened.
  • Taken steps to enhance security and strengthen the network build by re-structuring the system to provide every user with greater protection of their personal data up to their satisfactory mark.

Anyone here have their data stolen?

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