Five Reasons Why the PlayStation Network is Down

Okay first off let me say this to the PSN or whoever made it go offline

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No, it’s not just you—the PlayStation Network is down for everyone. The PlayStation Network’s downtime has left many gamers confused. Sure, it’s gone down before, but not for this length of time. On top of that, it comes on the heels of two high-profile releases, both of which require the use of the PSN to get the most out of it. Here are a few theories as to why Sony’s online system has failed us.

1. A splinter group within Anonymous
Recent attacks by the 4Chan run group, Anonymous, may be at least partially responsible. They’ve recently taken to acting as a pseudo-terrorist group, pointing their “Low Orbit Ion Cannon” (LOIC) at whatever ruffles their feathers on one day or another. Sony’s recent attempts at putting jailbreak hacker George “GeoHot” Hotz behind bars has undoubtedly captured their attention, and while they’ve denied involvement, there’s always a chance that a splinter of the group could have amassed part of their snot-nosed armies for an attack.

2. Skynet
According to lore/reports from a future that never happened, April 19, 2011 marks the day that Skynet, the computer system destined to eventually wipe out humanity, went online. That was last week. It, supposedly, begins spreading around networks later in that week, and becomes self aware in a matter of days. We’re guessing Sony may have seen this coming, and locked down the PSN early, just to be safe.

3. GLaDOS and/or Shao Kahn
What do the Dragon King Shao Kahn and computer system GLaDOS have in common? A hatred for humanity and a love for power. With both Mortal Kombat and Portal 2 releasing last week and clogging up the intertubes with their awesome, there’s a good chance that these two overlords banded together and are attempting to take down humanity, one game system at a time.

4. Amazon EC2
Beyond selling all manner of things, Amazon also offers cloud computing, a service which is taken advantage of by a number of high-profile sites. Websites such as Reddit were down for two full days before Amazon was able to get their servers back in action. However, we have no proof that Sony doesn’t host their servers with Amazon, and while other sites are up, the ripples may have eventually made their way to the PlayStation Network.

5. Earth Day
Know that planet we live on? The big blue one with some grass, a few trees, and two ice caps? It had a birthday recently. It’s true! We’re guessing, and hoping, that our Mother Earth decided to shut down the PSN so we’d pay more attention to her on her birthday. We can’t say it worked, though—I think everyone who would have been playing the PSN on Earth Day just spent that time complaining online about the PSN being down. Oh well, you’ve a full rotation to think of a new scheme, Earth.

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    I heard that it was Anonymous; they took it down because of something I can't remember. I think it had something to do with using information without permission. Something like that, Ember didn't pay attention.

    • ember
    • April 23, 2011, 12:21 pm
    You should've. I hardly play PS3 and now that i want to it's under fucking maintenance
    - MalverdeAl100 April 23, 2011, 12:22 pm
    Ember will go back on the internets and find out what's going on.
    - ember April 23, 2011, 12:24 pm
    I'm back with the information! psn is Sony right?

    We will begin by stating that we are ceasing our DDoS attacks on Sony altogether, as we believe the impact of this particular type of attack has surpassed it's peak. Sony's poor attempt to explain the system outages by lying about the nature of them is laughable. Therefore, Anonymous is now choosing to pursue other ways of getting Sony's attention.

    Secondly, it has recently come to our attention that George Hotz, also known as GeoHot, has reached a settlement with Sony regarding the court case involving those two parties. As further details are being withheld, we will refrain from speculating.

    In the eyes of the law, this case is over. We disagree. We believe Sony's actions in this case are unjust. We do not agree with Sony forcing social media sites like Youtube to hand over the IP addresses of people who viewed GeoHots videos. We view this as a severe violation of privacy rights. We disagree with Sony forcefully gathering personal information from other companies like PayPal. We find it unacceptable that Sony is even permitted to request this information in the first place. These acts are completely disrespectful and unforgivable.

    This is not about one man's lopsided battle against a huge corporation. The actions of Sony have far-reaching implications for every person who has purchased and therefore owns a piece of equipment, regardless of the manufacturer.

    The current solution will only embolden other greedy corporations to employ similar unfair tactics, so it is necessary to continue our protest to make our voices heard. We invite you to do the same. Operation Sony, or OpSony for short, is simply the opening shot.

    Where the judicial system has failed, Anonymous will persevere, by standing up for the rights of everyone, not just those who dared to challenge these corporations. Geohots' belief was in the freedom of information dissemination. We will stand with him.
    - ember April 23, 2011, 12:28 pm
    Yes. So does this mean online is back on ???
    - MalverdeAl100 April 23, 2011, 12:30 pm
    I don't think so but you can check. There isn't much more about it and nothing was said about it being back up.
    - ember April 23, 2011, 12:33 pm
    Ember, do you own portal2?
    - DarkHunter April 23, 2011, 2:01 pm
    No, Ember do want though.
    - ember April 23, 2011, 3:33 pm
    It's awesome, I'm playing with my friend right now.
    - DarkHunter April 23, 2011, 3:36 pm
    Are you winning, you had better be winning.
    - ember April 23, 2011, 3:40 pm
    Mhm :D
    - DarkHunter April 23, 2011, 3:42 pm
    - ember April 23, 2011, 3:43 pm
    Anonymous= ass hats who need a good beat down. any good will they had from me is gone from disrupting my game time. While it is always hard to pull for a large corporation, the collateral damage created by the ass hats who need a good beat down, aka annoying, i mean Anonymous. Thank goodness anoymous has the balls to step out of the shadows and into the light. they won't step into the light since they are scared. Cowards hid behind a mask, true leaders step into the light.
    - johnecash April 25, 2011, 8:00 am
    Exactly. Btw is PSN working now ???
    - MalverdeAl100 April 25, 2011, 8:17 am
    I heard it will be back on Tuesday.
    - Jozzoh April 25, 2011, 3:10 pm
    Your Tuesday or my Tuesday
    - MalverdeAl100 April 25, 2011, 3:17 pm
    So what, they (the hackers) have no right to bringing down PSN, affect the customers or players like us, and if they think that sony is wrong, i think that making illegal modifications to the firmwares is not right in the first place. Im sure that this was caused by an immature childish hackers. Sure what GeoHot made was useful and personally i liked some thing he made for us, but was still illegal, sony may exceed his legal procedures but c'mon, PSN down in this freedom weeks is ridiculous.
    - CastorOnline April 25, 2011, 9:23 pm
    Yours. But every update i've read since hasn't said anything about it. So, I dunno.
    - Jozzoh April 25, 2011, 11:29 pm
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    Don't be a twatty console gamer then :P
    PC all the way.
    - DarkHunter April 24, 2011, 2:41 am
    Ive started to get into PC gaming, currently im saving for a new processer. All i got for my PC is BC2 but i can run it at pretty good grahpics settings.
    - DarkicoN13 April 24, 2011, 3:07 am
    The PC is more hackeable than you think... I dont know where i read it but it suppose that SONY has (or had...) the best security in the matter.
    - CastorOnline April 25, 2011, 9:29 pm
    But it really doesn't, PC gaming networks don't go down like that.
    - DarkHunter April 26, 2011, 5:23 am
    nor is the pc as cost friendly, or user friendly as a console. i have never had to upgrade my console to play a game. the pc on the other hand, you must always be tweaking it for max performance.
    - johnecash April 26, 2011, 7:01 am
    I still prefer PC mate, and it annoys me when people say PCs are not meant for FPS games, they were designed for the PC in the first place. And with joysticks you have to keep tapping it to be accurate, it's easy to aim on the PC.
    - DarkHunter April 26, 2011, 7:04 am
    easier and more entertaining for you, but not all.
    - johnecash April 26, 2011, 7:22 am
    Lots of people use consoles as they struggle with the mouse and keyboard :P
    - DarkHunter April 26, 2011, 7:27 am
    for me my friend the reason is simple. my computer is a lap top. fun for RTS but if i want to play most games i want to sit on my sofa and use my 56 inch tv. the last reason is i am no good at shooters with computer. i use the mouse with my left hand so that does not help my cause.
    - johnecash April 26, 2011, 7:30 am
    Ahh yeah understandable, it must be pretty hard for lefthanders to game on the PC.
    - DarkHunter April 26, 2011, 7:48 am
    for me it is. to be honest a keyboard was made for typing and a controller was made for...
    - johnecash April 27, 2011, 8:21 am
    You know, with windows, and Linux, there is a left hand mouse option. I think you access it through your control panel in windows, not sure in Linux, as I am right handed myself
    - Lambeau April 27, 2011, 8:40 am
    Yes but FPS games work better on the PC.
    - DarkHunter April 27, 2011, 9:38 am
    i don't know if better is a way i would describe it. with a pc you are always having to up grade it for peak performance that some of these games demand. on the other hand i just buy a purpose built gaming device every 6-8 years and it runs all the games i want, on my big tv, while sitting on my sofa. both have their good and bad side. i went with the easiest rout.
    - johnecash April 27, 2011, 10:55 am
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    I recall us discussing something a while ago on attack PSN, but I don't think this one was our doing

    I thought anonymous was supposed to be anonymous? Yet you're classifying yourself as part of /b/?
    - XxDaminalsxX April 25, 2011, 3:06 pm
    I was sent here on a covert mission called : "Sharenator Funnies". I was to make an account named MalverdeAl100 here on Sharenator which in spanish translates to " FBI undercover guy" . After almost 4 months my work and patience has paid off. You see i knew some of Anonymous tend to frequent this site and i was just waiting for one of them to comment "Oh hey u gais i'm from Anonymous" so i could I.P. trace them and bring them down. The FBI will be knocking on his door in 5,4,3,2,.....

    - MalverdeAl100 April 25, 2011, 3:17 pm
    OH noes i is gon die!!!! Lol, majority of people on here already know I am, a few even have my anon Facebook, and 1 or 2 with my real one, I really don't care :P OH SHIT THE PARTY VAN IS HERE!!! HAIIIIDE!
    - Dragkyre April 25, 2011, 7:49 pm
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    Apparently it was due to some sort of credit card hack and Sony removed the service to stop people exploiting this hack. Go out and see stuff and do things instead!

  • 1

    I personally think that Sony had it coming to them but disrupting other people in the chaos is not something that should be done. I commend that the people are showing negative aspects of companies but there's no reason to involve everyone else like that.

  • 1

    You get what you pay for =3

    Xbox is inferior to PS3 anyway.

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    Dawn's already made a post explaining that Anonymous has nothing to do with PSN being down.

    If you actually pay attention to the statement, a representative stated that Anonymous had no planned OPERATION to take down PSN. They DID however acknoledge that a rogue group of Anon might have taken matters into their own hands and still brought it down. Anonymous has no leadership. They act collectively, but they maintain no order. So, there is still a chance that a hacker took matters into his own hands and still brought down PSN even though the bigger collective group of Anon decided to not attack it.
    - WRAPPEDinBACON April 25, 2011, 5:06 am
    Right. But technically the true Anonymous (not a rogue group) had nothing to do with it.
    - XxDaminalsxX April 25, 2011, 12:56 pm
    But we have to ask ourselves, what is Anonymous exactly classified as? They have no central leadership. They're a hive mind. They come up with targets to attack, and they collectively they do it and move on. With no leadership, are they a group? Sure, it wasn't "ordered" but people who associate with Anonymous, or have worked with Anonymous, may be behind the attack.
    - WRAPPEDinBACON April 25, 2011, 2:13 pm
    - XxDaminalsxX April 25, 2011, 3:05 pm
    Anonymous always take responsibility for their actions, this time they said that they have nothing to do with this attack, instead of what happening around April 6th, anonymous took full responsibility and they said that THAT method was not good and they will not do it again. So, seems like it is a rouge anonymous or hacker who bring down the PSN.

    Stupid hackers, i am a PS gamer :/
    - CastorOnline April 25, 2011, 9:36 pm

    Lol. You mad, bro? 360 owners don't have to worry about attacks from /b/.
    - XxDaminalsxX April 26, 2011, 3:11 am
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