PlayStation Network Still Down as Sony Prepares for Possible Website Hack
As if Sony wasn't under enough pressure after the two recent hackings on the PlayStation Network, a group of hackers indicated on Friday that the gaming giant could become victim to a third attack on the Sony Websites over the weekend.
The PlayStation Network and Qriocity music service have been “down for maintenance” since April 20 and has yet to be restored despite claims by Sony that both the tech team and investigators are working around the clock to get to the bottom of the mess left behind by a yet-to-be-identified hacking group.
The hacking group Anonymous has been at the blunt end of finger pointing since the hack occurred, but have released statements twice indicating that they were not responsible for the PSN outage.
"While we are a distributed and decentralized group, our 'leadership' does not condone credit card theft,” said the most recent statement issued by Anonymous on May 5, 2011. Whether Anonymous was truly responsible for the PlayStation Network breach or if the group's recent threats to Sony are a cover for the real criminals remains to be seen.
If the weekend hacking attempt on Sony websites is successful the outcome could be disastrous not only for Sony, but its millions of users as well. An unnamed observer of the chat room reported that the hacking group intends to give public access to user information, with no exceptions to credit card data, names and addresses.
Sony was already in hot water when millions of users were denied access to the PlayStation Network during Easter weekend, but the matter has only been worsened by the vague and inconsistent updates Sony has provided to its angry users. However, Sony did entail in a letter to Congress that the attacks left behind widespread vulnerability.
“.. those who participated in the denial of service attacks should understand that — whether they knew it or not — they were aiding in a well planned, well executed, large-scale theft that left not only Sony a victim, but also Sony's many customers around the world."
News of the possible website attack over the weekend comes just one day after Sony CEO Howard Stringer issued an apology to users in addition to the promise of multiple free services once the PlayStation Network is back online. Though PSN was set to have “some services” back online by May 7, it is possible that a new attack could prolong those efforts further.