PlayStation Network has Been Down for Days, GeoHot Retaliation?

By , Apr 23, 2011

For those who who don’t live for Call of Duty: Black Ops, or other popular PS3 titles, you may not have noticed how much trouble Sony has been having lately. Their free online service, PSN (Playstation Network) has been down since late Wednesday night.

We’re not talking about a a minor inconvenience here, we’re talking about millions of people being blocked from Sony’s version of Xbox live for 4 days now. Netflix, Hulu, and several major online games are feeling the effects of Sony’s crippled network…

It certainly looks like the Sony v.s. GeoHot saga isn’t quite over. You might recall the hacking group, known as Anonymous, making threats against Sony and their network in wake of the GeoHot litigation.

Sony sure seems to think it’s them, or at least some sort of outside attack that’s crippling their servers:

“An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. in order to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services going forward, we turned off PlayStation Network & Qriocity services on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th. Providing quality entertatinment services to our customers and partners i our utmost priority.”

The group of electronic activists are well known for fighting for freedom and privacy via security breaches. Their major beef with Sony seems to be that the company requested social media sites like YouTube and Facebook to hand over IP addresses of people who viewed GeoHot’s social pages.

While Anonymous has admitted to previous attacks on Sony’s servers, they are claiming innocent on this one. They posted this message on their blog yesterday:

“While it could be the case that other Anons have acted by themselves, AnonOps was not related to this incident and does not take responsibility for whatever has happened. A more likely explanation is that Sony is taking advantage of Anonymous’ ill-will towards the company to distract users from the fact that the outage is actually an internal problem.”

In past Sony attacks, Anonymous has been careful not to bring down PSN servers that hosted multiplayer games to avoid effecting the gaming community.

Regardless of who’s behind the shutdown, the news still made me smile. Even though I’m an avid Call of Duty fan, it’s nice to think that a major corporation may not always be able to hide behind their stacks of money. Some might call these activists a bit too extreme, I say it’s kind of nice to have such a powerful group on the side of freedom. Who knows, we may need their help fighting for the right to jailbreak some day.

What do you think?

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  • Ryan S

    Crazy mofos! But it has been long enough…they need to fix it so we can play now.

  • Hanybv

    My rule is this i buy it and i get to do whatever i want with it , so GOD bless you ANONYMOUS Group :-D

    • corrector

      right and its sony’s network so they can do whatever the hell they want with your online gaming. they can even ban you if they feel like it.

  • MrA

    Ooops. Wrong site, I was looking for the iPhone Download Blog, not Engadget site for all things tech related.

    • Code

      This is a thing that very mutch people want to know, unless, that’s what i think.. The fact that those huge company’s can’t do anything is very interesting for me, if not for you, than skip to the next article.

    • Rozay

      Preach!

    • IPhone3GS

      Actually I do think they are related. I can’t be the only one who noticed Cydia and PSN went down around the same time.

    • sOleFresh

      cosign* for CODE.Thank you

  • SpideyRules

    This is an article relates to GeoHot, who is a MAJOR player in the iPhone Download Blog community. If you don’t know this, then get the hell off of our boards, Jackhole.

    • MrA

      You had such a valid argument until the insult. Work on being a better person buddy. ;-)

      • SpideyRules

        The insult was in response to your sarcasm. Glass houses, buddy…glass houses.

  • iMclovinnx

    This is awsome the networks down, sony may end up giving in if there networks keep. Getting attacked and the jailbrake tools may become legal, Also this will make xbox live a massive competition over all making the ps3 system not reliable for online gamers, C’mon the jailbrake toolz :D

    • http://sony.com Matthew

      Its not awesome that the networks down! I CANT PLAY MY BLACK OPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(cries).

  • Tommy salami

    This really a stretch to say it’s geohot related which hasn’t been proven since Anom say they had no part in this and even if they did it still has nothing to do w iPhone or apple

  • Ras

    Fuck Sony.live geohot

    • corrector

      yeah screw their product. maybe you should throw away any sony products that you have because if you still have any then your just a stupid hypocrite. you wouldn’t even have a playstation if sony didn’t make it.

  • http://www.iphonedownloadblog.com Cody

    Because of this outage, media outlets from gaming sites to the Post are now talking about GeoHot, and big business vs. consumer rights. This is a jailbreaking site, welcome.

  • Ives

    Better if geohot and annons group make unlocked tool for i4 we’ve been waiting for years ;)

  • Cmen

    I have one question. XBox Live charges for usage and the PSN is free. Why would everyone be supporting a possible attack on a free service? I, myself would be more annoyed and upset if it was a service I was paying for.

    • XepptizZ

      It’s not necissarily free, try getting on psn without a ps3 :). Thats why people get mad, they are exPecting the service when they buy a ps3 or an online game for that matter.

      • He_hate_me

        when you buy a new t.v,,,you dont get free cable,,,,,,new car,,,,,,no free gas,,,,,new computer,,,no free internet,,,,,,,,so on ,,,,so on nothing is free,,,,,,,nothing,,,,,if it is,,,,it aint worth having….

    • XepptizZ

      As for the article, wasnt there aanother group who didnt agree with anonymous’ user friendly standpoint? They were intent on taking down ps3 whatever the means

    • nash

      that’s right, nothing is free. even if the service is free, there’s plenty of people out there who pay 50 bucks a year for PS+. i’m upset because of the lack of information from sony. no encouraging messages at all. just a couple of bland blogs that doesn’t really specify too much. there’s plenty at stake her. did the individual responsible for the “external intrusion” get any of millions and millions of users info, like credit card, names, addresses, etc.? sony should be handling this differently, and they’re going to lose some customers over this. some people don’t forget about mishaps like this.

  • Doylebl

    I’m absolutely fuck..ing rotted with this bullshit. They have the money and resources to have this fixed by now. What the he’ll are they waiting for it doesn’t make any sense because they are losing money every hour this is down. Hurry the fuccck up

    • corrector

      they are trying to find the security hole and also trying to find a way to prevent this from happening again. they are protecting your account from any ill intentions that might come up due to the breach. so be happy that they are taking their time.

      • Doylebl

        I know I’m just addicted. It’s the withdraws talking lol. I feel like I’m going to snap

      • Manuel

        Wrong, PSN being down has nothing to do with your account info. The whole server was shut off by Sony themselves. I got a feeling this is a fix and a update that’s coming. As always, Sony wants to put blame on people that didn’t do it & make tools while scaring people to not jailbreak their systems.

    • He_hate_me

      you are 100% correct,,,seems if it is a intrusion,,as they say,,,,,they could be gathering info for a major smack down on whom ever is behind this….

  • Pablo

    fucking assholes. I want to use the PSN service, no one has to buy a PS3 if they don’t agree with Sony’s rules.

    • MrA

      You should’ve got an xbox 360!

      • corrector

        xbox live was down for 2 weeks around Christmas time. search it up.

  • corrector

    I think i did my share of correcting.

  • Greg

    Sony is pwned! But no PSN for us in a while. I think this will lower the American obesity for a while.

    • Kadaffi Janjalanu

      Yep! About time our American asses got off the couch and worked off them big mac calories.

  • SEEL

    Sony needs to hurry the f up. This type of shit loses customers for life. Better hire GeoHot a-holes

  • Rob

    Sony are just trying to get everyone to hate geohot. They prob switched off servers themselves. Then blame geo. It’s a love hate game?

  • Rob

    Sony are just trying to get everyone to hate geohot. They prob switched off servers themselves. It’s a love hate game?

  • Rob

    Sony are just trying to get everyone to hate geohot. They prob switched off servers themselves.

  • http://none Rob

    Sony are just trying to get everyone to hate geohot. They switched off servers themselves.

  • http://none Rob

    Sony are just trying to get everyone to hate geohot. switched off servers themselves.

  • http://none Rob bert

    Sony are just trying to get everyone to geohot

    • Manuel

      I think we get it. You said the same thing 7 times.

  • Ben

    Sony you idiots. no-one cares about your investigation, if you can conduct your investigation while the servers are up, then please do so.
    and Sony weigh up whats more important. some person who figured out how to jail break your product, or your 75million customers who use your service 24/7. and just think, all those people at xbox are just sitting there and laughing.
    and look at apple. if they sued every person that jailbroke their products, they wouldn’t be the successful company they are today.
    maybe its one of those things you just let slide. and i think many of the 75million users would agree with me.
    so kindly, switch the friggen severs back on. would be greatly appreciated

  • http://blah.com Sot0

    You can still play with bots. They have dead-on aiming and they don’t camp either. Good way to get some practice for now. I miss the trah talking tho’

  • Sot0

    You can still play with bots. They have dead-on aiming and they don’t camp either. Good way to get some practice for now. I miss the trah talking though.

  • Chris

    I can still use netflixx, just cancel the PSN login several time while netflixx is loading in the background….maybe a glitch…but in this case a good one!

    • Fabio Rodrigues

      Thanks for the info, I have not used my ps3 much lately, but I’ve been using netflix a lot, I ‘ll give it a try to see if this trick work :D

      last time they send me an email asking if I did have problems accessing netflix and then they give me a 10% discount last month :D I saved U$0.79 cents :D

      • Fabio Rodrigues

        Yeah it really works, watching netflix on my ps3 without log in on PSN :D

  • Green

    Hack the planet ! – (Netflix trick works great, used it last time when system went down cause of time changes few months back) kudos on your .79 cents!

  • Michael Simpson

    PLAYSTATION SUCKS! XBOX RULES!

  • Ifti

    Ps3 network down same as cydia wat is going on!

  • Jared Lewis

    NO GLADOS STRIKES BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://hotmail XxScrApy

    fuk dis shit this is just fuking gay that we cant play online till they fix this shit so we can play online we should all just pick up our ps3 and smash it with a fucking hammer as 4 those fuking fags dat done dis u can go lik my fuking balls till u fuking die frn how big it is u fuking shit cant….. RAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://hotmail XxScrApy

    fuking ball bag fuking ball bag fuking ball bag fucking ball bag this means fuking w/\r bitch

  • Lizbeth

    I’m dying here!!!.. god freaking hackers -_-“

  • http://hssg XxScrApy

    who thinks dat this is bullshit that we cant play online

  • Dillon Adams

    Sony is obviously doing this media stunt in a effort to bring down GeoHot in the courts to get a better conviction on this kid because they know they can’t win against him but now with this they might have a chance.

  • biggy

    I just replaced my 40 gb playstation 3 cant wait till the fix

  • iKing

    The PSN is back online.

  • dylan

    please just get psn to work again this is enough between these guys