PSN back online following DDoS attack outage

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PlayStation Network is back online in NA after hackers issued a series of massive DDOS attacks. Same hackers also threatened a flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment’s President John Smedley.

PSN and Sony Entertainment Network have returned to service at around 3 A.M. E.T. A statement on the PlayStation Blog wrote that the system had been taken offline due to a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS). The Group LizardSquad is hinting that it’s the one behind the outage.

PlayStation Network

The outage started sometimes in the early morning on Sunday. The hacker group LizardSquad claimed responsibility in its Twitter feed, after earlier stating that it had attacked Blizzard Entertainment’s servers, and Path of Exile and League of Legends servers.

Microsoft also confirmed that Xbox Live is currently “limited,” mainly Diablo 3 on Xbox One are having troubles with party chat and server unavailability issues, whilst core-services are still up and running. 

Sony acknowledged the issues both on its PlayStation and AskPlayStation Twitter accounts. Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley, also commented on the outage.

There was a server maintenance scheduled on Monday, which had been postponed. It was supposed to run from 12 to 7:30 p.m. E.T.

However, all the attacks weren’t enough it seems, since American Airlines’ flight 362 from Dallas to San Diego was diverted to Phoenix after a bomb threat was called in. The same Hacker Group claimed responsibility. John Smedley, the President of Sony Online Entertainment, was aboard the flight with 178 others and six crew members.

Sony has said there haven’t been any personal details leaked in the attack, which is probably the only silver lining in this entire mess.

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