Sony PlayStation Network, Qriocity still down

Security on both sites was breached on 20th April, PlayStation working on additional security

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Sony PlayStation Network, Qriocity still down The Sony PlayStation Network and Qriocity site remain down for the fourth day, after hackers breached Sony PlayStation security.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  April 24, 2011

The Sony PlayStation network and Qriocity services are still unavailable in the UAE, Australia, across the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Ireland, after being shut down due to a security breach on 20th April.

The shut-down affects approximately 70 million PlayStation Network and Qriocity users and there is no indication of when the sites will be back up and running.

"I know you are waiting for additional information on when PlayStation Network and Qriocity services will be online. Unfortunately, I don't have an update or timeframe to share at this point in time. As we previously noted, this is a time intensive process and we're working to get them back online quickly. Will keep you updated with information as it becomes available. We once again thank you for your patience," said the PlayStation official blog manager James Gallagher on 25th April.

PlayStation is currently rebuilding the PlayStation Network and Qriocity systems to strengthen the network infrastructure following the security breach and neither site has yet been fixed.

"In order to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services going forward, we turned off PlayStation Network & Qriocity services on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th," Gallagher said in a blog post on 23rd April.

The company is currently working on providing additional security to try and prevent further security breaches.

"We thank you for your patience to date and ask for a little more while we move towards completion of this project. We will continue to give you updates as they become available," said Gallagher.

The attack was first blamed on hacker group Anonymous, best known for Wikileaks-related denial of service attacks, because the group vowed vengeance on Sony PlayStation for taking legal action against two hackers.

However, Anonymous has released a message on its website apparently denying it was them saying; "For once we didn't do it."

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