PlayStation Network hacked: five days and counting..

The Sony PlayStation Network, used by millions of online video game players around the world, has been offline since Wednesday 20th April.

You can still play games offline, but if you want to connect your PlayStation to play online games, stream movies, or go shopping you’re out of luck.

According to Sony, who have been updating their blog with developments regarding the outage, the company decided to bring the network down after an “external intrusion”.

The company clearly isn’t planning to bring the network back until it is confident that its infrastructure is secure – and although inconvenienced, game players should be grateful that Sony appears to want to make sure it’s done the job properly and that any vulnerabilities are fixed.

Precisely how much longer those game players will have to wait, and whether their trigger-happy fingers and patience will be able to bear it,…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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