PSN taken offline for hours


Jul 21, 2013
PlayStation Network was taken offline for the better part of a day and a Sony executive's flight was diverted for security reasons on Sunday, and a single hacker group has claimed responsibility for both events.

Users attempting to log into PSN on Sunday found the service offline for 'maintenance'. Sony later clarified on the PlayStation Blog that the network was disabled as a result of a Distributed Denial of Service attack, but it has found no evidence of network intrusion or unauthorized access to personal information.

Sony elected to delay Monday's scheduled maintenance and will provide an update once a new time is set.

A hacker group calling itself 'Lizard Squad' claimed responsibility for the attack while providing regular updates on Twitter. It also said it had carried out similar attacks on Xbox Live, Hearthstone, League of Legends and Path of Exile.

Shortly afterward, it sent a Tweet claiming that an American Airlines flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley from Dallas to San Diego had explosives on board.

Smedley had previously been using Twitter to inform users of the attack's impact on SOE titles