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Old 26-04-11, 10:42 AM   #1
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Default Sony admits its PlayStation Network was hit by a hacking attack

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After repeated claims by Sony that its PlayStation Network was undergoing maintenance, the company has admitted that it was hit by a hacking attack. It is widely believed that the hacktivist group Anonymous was behind the attack, but the group denied this, saying that some of its supporters might have acted alone. Anonymous launched a campaign against Sony recently after the company sued George Hotz, the man who jailbroke the Playstation 3. That lawsuit has since been settled.
Anonymous claims that Sony is taking advantage of the situation, blaming its members for what it says is an internal problem on Sony's servers.

Sony says it took the network down to investigate an "external intrusion".
In a blog post, the company thanked users for their patience and assured them that it was working "around the clock" to strengthen the network infrastructure.
"Though this task is time-consuming, we decided it was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security," wrote Patrick Seybold, Sony's senior director of corporate communications.
As well as gaming, the outage has affected other services running over the PlayStation Network, such as the UK-based film rental site LoveFilm
The company has confirmed that LoveFilm customers are currently unable to stream films on the service, according to the BBC. In the US, users of film streaming service Netflix have also reported problems.
Sony has admitted it does not know when the security improvements will be completed to make the PlayStation Network available again to its 70 million users.
Sony has not responded to user concerns about the security of their personal information, including credit card details stored on the PlayStation Network.
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