PSN went offline due to maintenance issues, but a report is saying that it might have been hacked (again).
Another malicious attack has happened to the PlayStation Network, Sony’s online service for its gaming consoles that includes the PlayStation Store and handles the bulk of online gaming on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita.
While PSN is now up and running, it has been offline for a couple of hours yesterday. It was supposed to be just another maintenance day for Sony, though a separate incident caused it to go offline earlier than expected. “Like other major networks around the world, the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network have been impacted by an attempt to overwhelm our network with artificially high traffic,” said Sid Shurman from the PlayStation Blog.
Despite Sony’s statement that it was just a routine maintenance, a certain group has claimed responsibility for the downtime. In line with this news, a bomb threat was called in on a flight where John Smedley, the big boss of Sony Online Entertainment, was also flying. The flight was redirected immediately after the note was received, but the same group that apparently caused the PSN downtime also claimed responsibility for the bomb threat.
Despite Sony stating that no accounts were compromised, I’d still recommend that you change your passwords on the PlayStation Network or if you have your credit cards connected to the account, you can disconnect them temporarily until the issue is fixed.
UPDATE: We are also getting news that Xbox Live has been down for some people, though Microsoft is saying that it is an isolated incident and in no way connected to the recent PSN DDoS attack.