After the damaging cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) servers, Sony was hacked once more. This time it was its PlayStation Network (PSN) service. On Sunday millions of gamers were unable to log into PS servers, while thousands of other people couldn’t access Sony on-line store. Two hours before the hack, a group of notorious hackers called The Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for the PSN hack in a Twitter message – “PSN Login #offline #LizardSquad.”
On Monday, however, Sony reassured its users that there was no breach in their security and no data was leaked. This is not the first time PSN gets hacked – similar attacks occurred this summer, while in 2011 about 77 million PSN users lost their personal and login data.
“We are still investigating the incident, including possible causes of it, but we haven’t found any trace of any sorts of information leaked out,”
a Sony spokesperson said on Monday.
On Sunday night, on the homepage of Sony on-line store for games, movies and TV shows was a dark-blue screen with “Page Not Found! It’s not you. It’s the Internet’s fault.” message on it. Nevertheless, the on-line store was put faster back on track than the PSN online service. PSN members reported there were unable to log into SONY servers and play their favorite games for hours. Sony team tweeted them to keep calm while the cyber security experts were “investigating the root for the issue.”
“We are aware that users are having issues connecting to PSN. Thanks for your patience as we investigate,”
This hack occurred briefly after Sony had celebrated PlayStation game console’s 20th anniversary. Besides producing and selling electronics and game consoles, Sony also owns a movie studio – Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) – that was also hacked two days ago. The hackers deprived Sony of 100 terabytes of confidential data about its projects, employees and collaborators. However, the two cyber-attacks do not seem to have the same authors.
Last week, the Lizard Squad also hacked into Microsoft’s Xbox service and brought it down for several hours, while two days ago in a Twitter message the team said that on December 25 aka Christmas they were going to tap in to Microsoft and shut Xbox Live for good. The hackers also added that the message was not a threat but a promise and urged players to enjoy it while it lasted.
It seems that Lizard Squad has also big plans for Sony – the cyber-crime group announced on a previous date that they are going to wipe Sony from the face of the Earth.