Did Hacker Group Take Down the PlayStation Network?

By   /   Jan 5, 2016
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As PlayStation gamers will be aware, the PlayStation Network was unavailable for over ten hours yesterday (January 4). This has left many unhappy with the service and wanting answers.

When problems like this happen, it comes as no surprise that people want a reason for such outage, and want to know that it will not happen again. One reason appears to have been revealed, though there is no official confirmation as of yet. It appears that hacking group Phantom Squad are claiming responsibility:

So were Phantom Squad the ones who did it? Only Sony and the hacking group will know this for sure, unless security analysts shed more light on this. If it is the case that they did indeed manage to take out the PlayStation Network service, was user data put at risk?

If so, then users of the PlayStation Network will need to be informed about this. Though with Sony’s initial silence over the actual reasons, right now we can assume that there was no risk. This will obviously have PlayStation users worried and quite rightly so.

We’ll have to keep an eye on the situation and see what further news is released. In the meantime, hopefully Sony can provide a solution to network outages, especially when many of the latest games are so dependent on the service needing to be available.

What do you think was to blame for the PlayStation Network downtime? Let us know your thoughts below.

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