Official: Sony Shutdown PSN Out of Fear Of Being Hacked

Now that PSN has entered its second day offline, Sony admitted that an external intrusion was the reason behind their decision to pull the plug.

"An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services," Sony spokesman Patrick Seybold revealed on the PlayStation 3 official blog. "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 entertainment services to our customers and partners is our utmost priority," he continued. "We are doing all we can to resolve this situation quickly, and we once again thank you for your patience. We will continue to update you promptly as we have additional information to share."

Famous hackers collective, Anonymous, has denied the initial allegations that they are behind the attack. "A more likely explanation is that Sony is taking advantage of Anonymous' previous ill-will towards the company to distract users from the fact the outage is actually an internal problem with the companies servers," an Anonymous representative claimed.

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