DDoS Attacks Claimed to Have Taken Down PSN Earlier Today

This week has left game developers pulling their hair out in frustration over waves of DDoS attacks on their servers.

A couple of days ago we reported that the attacks have already hit several popular online titles, including RuneScape, EVE Online, Guild Wars 2, League of Legends, Path of Exile and HearthStone.

Today the PlayStation Network went offline, after which a group called @LizardSquad claimed responsibility of choking the servers through DDoS attacks.

“Sony, yet another large company, but they aren’t spending the waves of cash they obtain on their customers’ PSN service. End the greed,” reads a Tweet by the group.

While the PSN Status is currently green, an added note does say that Sony is “aware that some users are experiencing difficulty enjoying the PSN.” The message further states that if users are still finding trouble in connecting to the PSN, they should contact their internet service providers.

If you’re unable to login then it’s highly unlikely that the fault lies with your ISP. DDoS attacks hit servers with an unusually large amount of queries which goes beyond its capacity to handle. Hence, the servers then crash, shuts down, or become jittery in their service.

All developers of the respective hit games have stated this week that they are going to be taking necessary precautions against future attacks.

Note that the PlayStation Network will be taken offline on Monday between 9.40 PT / 12.40 ET / 17.40 GMT until 16.50 PT / 19.50 ET on Monday / 00.50 GMT on Tuesday August 26 for a scheduled maintenance.

According to Sony, this might take some additional time.