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PlayStation Network Back Up Following Cyber Attack

25 Aug, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Sony’s PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network are back online after an apparent attempt Sunday by hackers to crash the video platforms.

In a blog post, Sony said the cyber attack attempted to disrupt the networks by overwhelming them with artificially high traffic volumes.

“The networks were taken offline due to a distributed denial of service attack. We have seen no evidence of any intrusion to the network and no evidence of any unauthorized access to users’ personal information,” Sid Shuman, senior manager of social media with Sony Computer Entertainment.

The PS network reportedly has about 52 million active users.

Meanwhile, a commercial airplane carrying Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley was reportedly diverted to Phoenix after a group calling itself Lizard Squad tweeted a message on its Twitter account saying there was a bomb aboard the American Airlines flight from Dallas/Fort Worth to San Diego, according to Reuters.

The group also claimed responsibility for the PlayStation cyber attack.

In 2011, Sony was hit by a similar cyber attack that exposed user information from more than 77 million users. The FBI is investigating the latest attack.

“We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused by this issue,” Shuman posted.

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