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Hackers Claim PlayStation Network Take-Down

timothy posted about 4 months ago | from the so-sony-takes-the-credit? dept.

Sony 97

This morning, Sony's PlayStation network was knocked offline for North American users. According to ShackNews, Several tweets have gone up throughout Saturday evening, in which Lizard Squad has taken responsibility for the attacks. The group started with Blizzard's servers that include Hearthstone, Diablo 3, World of Warcraft and others. The group quickly spread to League of Legends and Path of Exile before deciding to spread their terror to PlayStation Network. Sony apparently had some trouble admitting that the network wasn't behaving as it should be, but came around with acknowledgment on twitter.

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Should of never got rid of other OS and outsorced (-1, Troll)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about 4 months ago | (#47743859)

Should of never got rid of other OS outsourced IT Sony you asked for it!

Re: Should of never got rid of other OS and outsor (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47743903)

Get raped, faggot.

Re: Should of never got rid of other OS and outsor (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47743969)

Get raped, faggot.

Well now. That's no way for an executive of Sony to act, especially the CIO.

Re: Should of never got rid of other OS and outsor (2)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 4 months ago | (#47744299)

It's very irresponsible for you to ascribe such a reprehensible and homophobic sentiment to the CIO of Sony.

That comment was clearly made by the CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Shawn Layden.

Re: Should of never got rid of other OS and outsor (1)

CronoCloud (590650) | about 4 months ago | (#47744925)

Shawn Layden is CEO of SCEA (Sony Computer Entertainment America) not SCE(i). SCEI is led by Andrew House. Layden is under him. SCEI's former head, Kaz Hirai, runs Sony as a whole now.

Which is a good thing, it basically means the gaijin are running SCEI now so we get a better designed console without a crazy arcane architecture and less of the "lets treat the bigger American market like crap and restrict SCEA from doing what's best for the American market and fawn over SCEJ" from SCE.

I have no love for SCEI when it was more "Japanese" in flavor. They're the reason the PS2 didn't get a retail release of the PS2 HDD and BBN.

Re: Should of never got rid of other OS and outso (1)

loufoque (1400831) | about 4 months ago | (#47745957)

Yes, let's make the Playstation a standard American console loke the Xbox instead of keeping its distinct Japanese flavor.

Re: Should of never got rid of other OS and outso (1)

CronoCloud (590650) | about 4 months ago | (#47746705)

Japanese flavor may have mattered to the excessively japanophilic otaku...but they/we aren't as big a market segment anymore. Making PS4 development friendlier to US and indie developers has most certainly helped the PS4.

Re: Should of never got rid of other OS and outsor (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47744189)

Is that STILL an actual insult in this day and age? Do you actually expect someone to feel bad when they read that? The hell is wrong with you?

Re: Should of never got rid of other OS and outsor (2)

Lisias (447563) | about 4 months ago | (#47744303)

Get raped, faggot.

I just paid my taxes. Next month, perhaps?

Re:Should of never got rid of other OS and outsorc (2)

carbuck (1728596) | about 4 months ago | (#47744057)

Someone who has enough skill to use the Other OS function probably has enough skill to install CFW. None of the people that I know that actually use Other OS are currently affected by the removal of Other OS. Script kiddies attacking PSN doesn't affect Sony as much as it affects the users that play online or pay for the service.

Re:Should of never got rid of other OS and outsorc (1)

Lisias (447563) | about 4 months ago | (#47744349)

Script kiddies attacking PSN doesn't affect Sony as much as it affects the users that play online or pay for the service.

If they manage to repeat the deed next week, you can bet you gamepad it will affect Sony.

Mainly because I don't see MSN Live players complaining about loss of service, do you? XBox owners don't have any reason to fear losing next weekend services, while PSN users will live the week worrying about.

Re:Should of never got rid of other OS and outsorc (3)

ilguido (1704434) | about 4 months ago | (#47744489)

XBox owners don't have any reason to fear losing next weekend services, while PSN users will live the week worrying about.

Oh rly?
Xbox Live Experiencing Issues, PSN Attackers Taking Credit [gameinformer.com]

Re:Should of never got rid of other OS and outsorc (1)

Lisias (447563) | about 4 months ago | (#47745205)

XBox owners don't have any reason to fear losing next weekend services, while PSN users will live the week worrying about.

Oh rly?

Xbox Live Experiencing Issues, PSN Attackers Taking Credit [gameinformer.com]

Well, now they have. Why Lizard Squat took so long? =P

Re:Should of never got rid of other OS and outsorc (1)

carbuck (1728596) | about 4 months ago | (#47745077)

These "hackers" hit Blizzard servers, then PSN servers. How do you know they won't hit MSN Live servers sometime between now and next weekend? Sounds like a bunch of kids out to make a name for themselves. The best way to attract attention is to hit the most popular servers, MSN Live being one. I don't see MSN Live players complaining about loss of service... yet..

Re:Should of never got rid of other OS and outsorc (1)

Lisias (447563) | about 4 months ago | (#47745199)

How do you know they won't hit MSN Live servers sometime between now and next weekend?

I didn't knew. By the time I wrote that, I hadn't received any report on a MSN Live attack yet. Now I have.

Re:Should of never got rid of other OS and outsorc (-1, Flamebait)

Dishevel (1105119) | about 4 months ago | (#47748995)

Spelling properly will help others to treat you opinions with more respect.

Re:Should of never got rid of other OS and outsorc (2)

Lisias (447563) | about 4 months ago | (#47749913)

Spelling properly will help others to treat you opinions with more respect.

I prefer to respect people for their opinions, not their grammar. As you can easily note. ;-)

Re:Should of never got rid of other OS and outsorc (1)

Dishevel (1105119) | about 4 months ago | (#47751767)

Lols.

You got me. I am appropriately admonished.

Re:Should of never got rid of other OS and outsorc (1)

X.25 (255792) | about 4 months ago | (#47745555)

Mainly because I don't see MSN Live players complaining about loss of service, do you? XBox owners don't have any reason to fear losing next weekend services, while PSN users will live the week worrying about.

Yeah, I can assure you that Playstation owners can't sleep properly and all they think during the work hours is whether PSN will be down next weekend.

Are you 12?

Re:Should of never got rid of other OS and outsorc (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47746423)

Well, one of you comes off as twelve...did you notice the juvenile argument you were putting forward?

Re:Should of never got rid of other OS and outsorc (1)

tlhIngan (30335) | about 4 months ago | (#47745605)

Someone who has enough skill to use the Other OS function probably has enough skill to install CFW

Actually, CFW is freakishly easy to install. It's just an offline update.

No one uses OtherOS anymore. The reason you use CFW is pirating games and all that. It always has been since the OtherOS folks, pissed at losing it, hacked the PS3 to restore it. Which ended up leaving a huge hole for everyone else to exploit, so there are more than a few ISO loaders and dumpers and all that.

Not sure about their status to play online, since I hear that Sony sends down a binary to run on them to report on the status (client-side trust), which I assume is pretty easy to fake after a few days.

Anyhow, it appears Xbox Live is back up, the best they could do was make it "intermittent". And only login was affected.

Re:Should of never got rid of other OS and outsorc (2)

arbiter1 (1204146) | about 4 months ago | (#47744175)

Yea considering they attacked bunch of other games networks that have nothing to do with playstation, doubt that was the reason.

Re:Should of never got rid of other OS and outsorc (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47745553)

Should HAVE.

Jerks (3, Funny)

Jethro (14165) | about 4 months ago | (#47743907)

Why do they always have to do this when I have a bout of insomnia and would really like to get online and shoot some Geth? Ugh.

Re:Jerks (1)

Travis Mansbridge (830557) | about 4 months ago | (#47744363)

Isn't Mass Effect a singleplayer game?

Re:Jerks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47744521)

They added multiplayer in ME3.

Re:Jerks (1)

Jethro (14165) | about 4 months ago | (#47744955)

Yeah, ME3 has a multiplayer portion which was kind of an afterthought but a lot of people (myself included) really like it.

Re:Jerks (1)

Khyber (864651) | about 4 months ago | (#47744735)

This is why I keep playing Doom. Nobody's trying to fuck that community up. Plenty of awesome game modes, fun times.

Did they also ground a flight? (5, Interesting)

dow (7718) | about 4 months ago | (#47743921)

Saw some anger against Lizard Squad on Twitter, and after looking into it, I'm not sure but it certainly appears that they called in a bomb threat on a flight the Sony CEO (or some other bigwig, I forget) was taking, and ended up getting it grounded. There's some other claims about them being based in the so called Islamic State in Iraq, challenging FBI agents to come and get them.

Re:Did they also ground a flight? (1)

mjwalshe (1680392) | about 4 months ago | (#47744005)

Erm in Syria that would the CIA not the FBI

Re:Did they also ground a flight? (4, Informative)

Pyrion (525584) | about 4 months ago | (#47744039)

It was John Smedley, CEO of SOE, according to his Twitter account [twitter.com] . His American Airlines flight was diverted from San Diego to Phoenix.

Re:Did they also ground a flight? (0)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 4 months ago | (#47746405)

It was John Smedley, CEO of SOE, according to his Twitter account [twitter.com] . His American Airlines flight was diverted from San Diego to Phoenix.

If it was anyone else besides Smedley, I'd be mad at them. Like Dick Cheney, Stalin, Hitler... but Smedley? Yes, make him miserable. On the bright side, at least the jerk doesn't have a private jet.

Fk proprietary consoles. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47743933)

And this is part of the reason while I'll never buy a console and am anxiously awaiting SteamOS and for the 'open-console market to boom...bringing both pc and console gamers under one roof with consumer choice (as far as hardware goes) reigns supreme.

Re:Fk proprietary consoles. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47744089)

Ouya never happened? :D

Re:Fk proprietary consoles. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47744233)

True, but ouya doesn't control the distribution of any games let alone has a user base of nearly hundred million ...

Re:Fk proprietary consoles. (2)

sqlrob (173498) | about 4 months ago | (#47744209)

Beacuse no one ever DoSes PC [theregister.co.uk]

Re:Fk proprietary consoles. (1)

Famak1994 (3743441) | about 4 months ago | (#47744277)

"EA Origin's online systems intermittently unavailable for around 24 hours while a separate attack knocked steam offline for around an hour on Friday." Seems like Valve is on the ball considering it took EA 23 hours longer to recover....

Re:Fk proprietary consoles. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47745973)

Steam has been DDOSed so many times that they know how to filter it out.

Same also true for EVE Online which had these issues last Thursday/Friday. Each time the server was down for less than an hour, then worked for several hours until next round hit.

Doesn't take long to devise required filtering patterns to get rid of the DDOS for competent large-scale hosts. Those that are down for multiple hours are the incompetent ones...

Re:Fk proprietary consoles. (1)

Lisias (447563) | about 4 months ago | (#47744361)

Well... I was never DDoSed when playing Quake I's Team Fortress with my friends. :-)

Re:Fk proprietary consoles. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47745433)

I wrote a tool back in the day that would boot anybody off any Quake 1 server (except CMU guys off CMU servers - they actually knew how to protect their networks). It was great!

Re:Fk proprietary consoles. (1)

Lisias (447563) | about 4 months ago | (#47749949)

I wrote a tool back in the day that would boot anybody off any Quake 1 server (except CMU guys off CMU servers - they actually knew how to protect their networks). It was great!

So it was you? Bastard! :-)

Jokes aside, we setup our own server - you would have to portscan half the Internet in order to find our server to DDoS us. :-)

Setting your own game server is Quake 1's most missed feature to me, the rocket jump being the second! :-D

Re:Fk proprietary consoles. (1)

VGPowerlord (621254) | about 4 months ago | (#47748209)

Well, given that both iD and Valve games use client-server models with low numbers of players, is there really any point to trying to DDoS a server?

Security isn't in the budget (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47743941)

Keep telling yourself that Sony.

Re:Security isn't in the budget (3, Insightful)

arbiter1 (1204146) | about 4 months ago | (#47744181)

Nothing is secure no matter how much money you put in to it.

Re:Security isn't in the budget (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47745913)

This saying isn't meant to settle for so little security.

This saying is meant to prepare yourself with backups, redundancy, multi-level protections, internal/physical security instead of just external security, monitoring, detection, mitigations, contingency, investigations, recovery, etc.

There are levels of security, with associated statistical chances of compromise/penetration. Most companies have a very low level of security, committing many basic errors in many places, because they willfully or by ignorance do not even apply at least industry security standards. This includes many errors which are pretty cheap to avoid/detect/resolve, so money isn't even always an important parameter (and decision-makers often overestimate the cost of many elements of security, particularly if properly planned from the beginning).

Concerning cost balancing more in general, most decision-makers 'forget' to include responsibility and the social consequences, which definitely tips the balance in favor of more money/energy/time put into security, than the basic "how much it will cost us to improve security, versus how much it will cost us to settle possible lawsuits" formula (Image and PR consequences do not even really matter that much anymore for most decision-makers, considering how often it happens to most companies, and how responsibility is shifted on "some all-powerful hackers which cannot be stopped, but rest assured your data is now safe, until next time")...

It's all so pathetic.

Let's look at the positives! (2, Funny)

ernest.cunningham (972490) | about 4 months ago | (#47743993)

Suddenly the world was more productive!

Re:Let's look at the positives! (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47744779)

At first I was like,"Why do the hackers target innocent game players when there are so many corrupt bad guy targets they could aim at?"

By unplugging people from their video games, they might pause from their mindless game playing and get involved for change...

Nope, not really, they'll just be that much more pissed at hackers and be more willing to support anti-hack legislation when it rolls around.

Seriously, stop being the bully in the playground, it helps no one.

Re:Let's look at the positives! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47744821)

when there are so many corrupt bad guy targets they could aim at

Sony is a corrupt bad guy target.

Re: Let's look at the positives! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47745743)

You target the innocent population in order to spread fear to give more weight to your political message. It's called "terrorism". Those modem jihadists can take a small measure of satisfaction in having earned that monicker, and they should enjoy it for all it's worth because when they'll end up in prison their lives will become a living hell. They will become human toilets.

Re:Let's look at the positives! (1)

Ravaldy (2621787) | about 4 months ago | (#47748823)

Your dreaming buddy!

If they aren't involved now they won't be anymore involved without the video game. People either have will power or they don't. Taking away a bad habit will just make them find a new one.

Re:Let's look at the positives! (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about 4 months ago | (#47745811)

Suddenly the world was more productive!

No, we all came to troll on Slashdot instead

Spread their terror (1)

Psychotria (953670) | about 4 months ago | (#47744267)

The group quickly spread to League of Legends and Path of Exile before deciding to spread their terror to PlayStation Network.

Terror? People were terrified by this? Really?

Re:Spread their terror (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 4 months ago | (#47744359)

Free 2 Play is pretty terrifying.

Re:Spread their terror (1)

Trogre (513942) | about 4 months ago | (#47744973)

You must be new here.

progress (2)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 4 months ago | (#47744309)

Aren't you glad that you play games that require connection to Playstation Network?

You know this never happened when people were playing Starcraft on dedicated servers. When you let one company be the nexus for your ability to use an expensive piece of equipment like a Playstation, you have to expect that some days you just won't be able to play the games that you bought.

Re:progress (2)

CronoCloud (590650) | about 4 months ago | (#47744701)

considering that TFS said that TFH (The Fucking Hackers) started out by targeting Blizzard and later switched to PSN. and are now targeting Xbox Live. I think talking about Starcraft but focusing on PSN is wrong.

These jerks are targeting everyone. PC and console, Microsoft and Sony.

Re:progress (1)

Voyager529 (1363959) | about 4 months ago | (#47745525)

These jerks are targeting everyone. PC and console, Microsoft and Sony.

The GP's point was that Starcraft is possible to play on a server unlikely to get DDoS'd. When my friends and I play Starcraft, it's over a LAN with no internet access at all. If you wish to DDoS my game server, you'll have to trespass to do it.

Targeting any given company's game servers doesn't affect the titles who don't require that players be online to play them.

Re:progress (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47746433)

Yes, Starcraft servers are more stable. Too bad Starcraft is teh suX0rz

Re:progress (1)

CronoCloud (590650) | about 4 months ago | (#47746735)

When my friends and I play Starcraft, it's over a LAN with no internet access at all.

What is this, are you 20, living in a dorm/college apartment, and living in 1995? Do you really want to go to the hassle of carting around hardware, setting up networks, coordinating everyone's free time, just for LAN play in this day and age?

Re:progress (1)

Bigbutt (65939) | about 4 months ago | (#47746911)

57, and yes. :)

[John]

Re:progress (1)

leonardluen (211265) | about 4 months ago | (#47747283)

i agree with you.

how hard is it to put up a damn network? and then i don't have to put up with these bastard lizard pricks ruining everyones fun.

Re:progress (1)

kannibal_klown (531544) | about 4 months ago | (#47747533)

Don't get me wrong, playing with your friends while in the same room is INSANELY FUN. Seriously they are a lot more fun than Internet+VOP can ever be.

But LAN parties aren't my thing anymore unless we all have gaming-worthy laptops

Carry in your tower + monitor + box of stuff (keyboard, mouse, cables, etc.). Which can be a real pain depending on where you friend lives: in an apartment, where you have to park 100 meters away and then take the stairs. Sometimes make multiple trips.

By the time you bring in YOUR stuff and wire it up... a fair amount of time has gone past. Then you have to factor in doing all of that in reverse when you want to leave.

And if you're HOSTING then it's still a hassle: clean out an area large enough, setup a router nearby, find enough tables and chairs, clean up afterwards, etc.

Again: all laptops is easier. Just a backpack, power brick, and mouse. But I don't spend that much on my laptops.

Re:progress (1)

Voyager529 (1363959) | about 4 months ago | (#47769541)

Not 20, not living in a dorm, and not living in 1995.

Most of my friends have laptops, and amongst the reasons we play older titles is so that they don't need $5,000 Alienware laptops to join. Setup time isn't terrible, especially since "connect to the wifi" is all it really takes (though we do prefer hardwired where practical)...that, and newer games don't work over a LAN anyway.

"Coordinating everyone's free time" is something that literally everyone does when they throw a party...so gaming is a less acceptable activity to do at a social gathering than getting completely drunk, or pretending to like people you're stuck talking to?

There are advantages for a LAN party, too: we don't deal with 14-year-olds calling us fags the whole time. We have zero lag, ever. We have zero need for headsets, and it's a whole lot of fun to rag on the person sitting next to you. When we play in cooperative mode, planning attacks is much easier.

Finally, when the PSN gets DDoS'd, we're still gaming =).

Re:progress (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47745139)

> an expensive piece of equipment like a Playstation

wtf? a $300 console is an expensive piece of equipment

Re:progress (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 4 months ago | (#47746745)

Well, $400 for the PS4, $60 per game and let's assume at least, what do you think, the average person buys a total of five or six games over the life of the PS4? So now you're up to over $700 of useless kit when you can't connect to Sony's DRM server.

Re:progress (1)

Ravaldy (2621787) | about 4 months ago | (#47748869)

Yeah, that makes tones of sense. Oh look, I want to play but none of my friends are online. "I WISH I COULD PLAY WITH OTHER PEOPLE ONLINE WITHOUT HAVING TO LOOK LIKE A CREEP ON MIRC OR OTHER PUBLIC FORUMS LOOKING FOR A FRIEND TO PLAY WITH".

You should not be allowed to own a car because it's too much evolution for you.

  1% down time doesn't justify dropping a perfectly good working server model.

Re:progress (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 4 months ago | (#47749983)

1% down time doesn't justify dropping a perfectly good working server model.

Is there something wrong with the dedicated server model? It was pretty successful for a little game called Starcraft.

Look, if it's just about DRM, then just say so. Don't pretend having private servers where you can set up your own LAN parties is a bad model for any other reason than that it takes away a tiny bit of control from Sony.

Re:progress (1)

Ravaldy (2621787) | about 4 months ago | (#47757571)

Will you pay more? Most players will say no. There is cost in implementing two approaches to network gaming. It may look like a simple extraction of code but it's a lot more than that. You'll understand what I mean if you are more than a base application developer.

Re:progress (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 4 months ago | (#47759515)

Will you pay more?

Pay more for what? Dedicated servers? They had that figured out more than 10 years ago. How much more do you think it would cost to add dedicated servers to a game today? And yes, if people would pay $19.99 for some DLC that gives your character new hats, I'm pretty sure they'd pay for dedicated servers.

The reason they are not included is because Sony is so scared that there might be some kid in Slovenia playing a pirated version of their game. Not that the kid would actually ever pay for a Sony game, but they are outraged that there is a nickel in some kid's pocket that doesn't belong to them.

Re:progress (1)

Ravaldy (2621787) | about 4 months ago | (#47766803)

And yes, if people would pay $19.99 for some DLC that gives your character new hats, I'm pretty sure they'd pay for dedicated servers.

That's a very big assumption but ok...

The reason they are not included is because Sony is so scared that there might be some kid in Slovenia playing a pirated version of their game

They have every right to protect what is theirs and in the process provide generally a better offering for most players. Most users don't care for dedicated servers anyway. At the end of the day you can choose to not buy Sony games. If you already don't buy Sony games then I don't know why you are up in arms.

terror? (3, Insightful)

cascadingstylesheet (140919) | about 4 months ago | (#47744333)

before deciding to spread their terror to PlayStation Network.

Terror?

These are games, people. Yeah, they are jerks and should be smacked around for it, but let's not lose our minds.

Re:terror? (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 4 months ago | (#47744389)

So what you're saying is, it's time for us to beat each other's heads in with rocks and feast on the goo inside?

Re:terror? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47745189)

So what you're saying is, it's time for us to beat each other's heads in with rocks and feast on the goo inside?

Nothing so uncivilized. Rather, it's time for us to catch the scoundrels responsible, try them in a neutral court of law before a jury of their peers, and then publicly feed them feet-first into woodchippers.... slowly. As a lesson for the others. You know, like civilized folk.

Re:terror? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47745149)

People have credit cards and other personal information on that network -- its legit to be afraid of having to cancel a bunch of cards and run a bunch of credit checks every time something like this happens.

Re:terror? (2)

GNious (953874) | about 4 months ago | (#47745519)

Well, when they escalated it to calling in bomb-threats against an aircraft last night, I think "terror" suddenly became a valid terminology.

Re:terror? (2)

Dutch Gun (899105) | about 4 months ago | (#47745745)

I predict it's going to be pretty terrifying for the twats participating in this DDOS when the authorities come knocking on the door. Some time at the local police station with the threat of serious consequences hanging over their heads should do them some good.

Life Lesson #1: You aren't anonymous on the internet in the face of a determined investigation.
Life Lesson #2: Raging against the world and challenging the FBI isn't a good idea.

F*k Sony (-1)

Mister Liberty (769145) | about 4 months ago | (#47744723)

And Beta.

Re:F*k Sony (0)

Famak1994 (3743441) | about 4 months ago | (#47744839)

Or just unplug your computer from the net and shoot any who is a security threa: Boss, ,Colleagues ,Family ,Friends, spouse, offspring...

Path of Exile? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47744837)

no offense, but I can't stand that game. Loot drops are horrible. I rather play Diablo 3 except that I can't log into the game. lol

Re:Path of Exile? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47746005)

Loot drops are horrible.

I'd rather post AC also to tag your post troll.

Playing PoE for 540+h I know what it is about and loot shouldn't be the reason why one may dislike this game.

Besides the new extension 1.2 is a must-try for every occasional Exile :)

And AA Flight DFW to SAN with Sony CEO Aboard X'ed (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47744855)

Righteous dude!

Smedley: now that is a name!

Looks that Smedley old boy is in the cross hairs.

Ha ha

How is a DDos a hack attack? (nt) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47745049)

nt: no text

ISIS... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47745111)

Really? I guess a bomb would be more efficient than custody.

What was and wasn't working... (2)

RogueyWon (735973) | about 4 months ago | (#47745827)

As somebody who spent most of the day yesterday on the sofa with his PS3 and PS4...

- First of all, this wasn't just the US. Europe was affected as well.

- Disc-based games were working fine all day on both consoles. I've seen FUD above suggesting that always-online connections may be required for these. They aren't. Certainly, MS wanted to do that until the 2013 E3 (and I'll bet Sony gave it a lot of thought as well), but it never actually happened. Single-player modes of disc-based games were fine all day.

- Providing the console you were using was set as one of your primary consoles, then downloaded games (including PS+ games) were also fine all day.

- Basic login was down at first but came back after a couple of hours. Barring a couple of glitchy periods, it was mostly up through the rest of the day. Cloud save functions were working whenever basic login was up.

- Online matchmaking also came online a few times during the afternoon, though never really for long enough for a proper multiplayer session.

- The PS Store and Account Management features were off until quite late last night, When basic login was up, trying to access these gave a "this service is currently undergoing maintenance" error message, implying Sony had taken them down deliberately as part of the effort to keep basic login and matchmaking working. With Account Management offline, the option to re-download content you'd already purchased was also offline.

As of this morning, everything seems to be fine again. What was interesting was how the timing (on a Sunday, and a Sunday followed by a public holiday in several parts of the world) affected both the Sony response (which in communications terms was extremely slow) and the media-coverage (which was virtually non-existent for most of yesterday).

Re:What was and wasn't working... (1)

GTRacer (234395) | about 4 months ago | (#47746573)

As a U.S.-based player, I had no luck connecting to Final Fantasy XIV starting round 11am, giving up at 10:30pm. Not continuous login attempts of course - we had stuff to do during the day. But a good 3 hours of click - fail - click - fail - reboot - click - fail.

I played a little P.T., Last of Us and Pinball Arcade to pass the time but never could get into the PSN Store or to XIV's login screen.

Re:What was and wasn't working... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47749081)

As a U.S.-based player, I had no luck connecting to Final Fantasy XIV starting round 11am, giving up at 10:30pm.

I fail to see how Square Enix's utter incompetence at online everything has anything to do with Sony's utter incompetence with online security.

Although I'm more amazed to learn that people are still playing the worst MMO of 2010, but I guess the weeaboo appeal of playing a Japanese MMO is just too strong for some people.

Re:What was and wasn't working... (1)

SparkleMotion88 (1013083) | about 4 months ago | (#47748687)

Providing the console you were using was set as one of your primary consoles, then downloaded games (including PS+ games) were also fine all day.

Not completely. I tried to play a PS+ game that I haven't played in a couple of months. It turns out is was "expired" and it needed to be reactivated by talking to PSN. The activation service was offline, so no dice. This was on a PS3.

Re:What was and wasn't working... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47748785)

WRONG. All my PS+ games would load but apparently could not authenticate and actually let me play.There also wasn't any type of warning/error message. The games would simply wait at the screen and would have to be force closed. Seems to be a case that all PS+ games should handle in programming but appear not to. At least there was a PSN network maintenance message when the system was started up.

EVE (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47746425)

Were they also responsible for EVE Onlines disruptions on Thursday/Friday?

Re:EVE (2)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | about 4 months ago | (#47746497)

Griefing in EVE not caused by Goon Fleet?

I'm shocked. Like, genuinely shocked.

That was because of hackers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47747139)

I was playing Diablo 3, and the game was only down for about 1 hour...
I just thought "Oh, Blizzard, you have your issues"
I wouldn't have even known it was because of hackers, and I still don't understand what was the point they were trying to make?.

I guess I stopped playing for the night. I only logged back into D3 to make sure my HC character wasn't dead.

what I know of this (1)

BillyConner (2887527) | about 4 months ago | (#47747513)

This weekend the hacker group/individual was attacking game sites to grieve people/players on twitch.TV. LZSQD would ddos the user and taunt them to write lizard squad on their forehead with a sharpie. I couldn't play wow due to this so I was checking on who LZSQD was grieving most of the weekend and hoping they weren't playing a blizzard game so that I could farm my crops in peace. As far as the bomb warning. They went too far on that. From what LZSQ was previously tweeting, the warning seemed like a joke. I figured americanairlines would have tossed it as useless info, I was wrong.

Great, now come explain this to my 6 year old. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47747925)

He couldn't load any Community levels in LBP2.

Congrats, you made children sad.

So this is why... (1)

x_t0ken_407 (2716535) | about 4 months ago | (#47748349)

...I couldn't sign-in for most of yesterday :/

Giff MMR (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47748599)

So these assholes were the reason USEast has been dropping packets in my Dota 2 games for the last few days? Can I sue for lost MMR?

Slow, yes. Takedown, no. (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | about 4 months ago | (#47748903)

Now, in my day, we got root in the core admin servers and we used it.

Seriously, amateurs.

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