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Sony PlayStation Network Taken Offline by DDoS Attack

Sony, the company behind the PlayStation network, took its service offline over the weekend after a large scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack took their servers offline for an extended period of time. As of Sunday, the company said users can again access the PSN network and resume game play.

Following Sony’s serve attack, the company has noted no intrusions on the network have been identified along with no customer data begin stolen.

Sony’s PlayStation network is an online service that allows users from the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles to connect online and play games back and forth while using a number of online services.

While the Sony network was begin attacked it is believed that American Airliners got intervened. Reuters reported there was a bomb threat upon the plane to coincide with the attacks on the company as the plane was carrying the President of Sony Online Entertainment, John Smedley. The aircraft was diverted from its original destination to Phoenix due to a security threat.

Who was behind the Sony Network attack?
Behind the attacks that hit Sony and its founder, two hacker groups, Lizard Squad and Famed God, took to social media both claiming responsibility for the attacks, which, according to Sony, inflicted an “artificially high” amount of traffic on the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network. Famed God posted the following video after the attacks ensued.

The bomb threat
After the large scale DDoS attacks hit Sony, at 1:30 P.M. EST, Lizard Squad posted on Twitter that the American Airline plane with Sony’s president, John Smedley, on board, had explosives in his luggage. American Airlines flight 362 was diverted from its location and grounded but has since traveled safely to its destination.

Smedley confirmed that his flight from Dallas to San Francisco was begin diverted to Phoenix Arizona. “Flight diverted to Phoenix for security reasons,” he said. “Something about the security and our cargo. Sitting on Tarmack.”

The attacks on the PlayStation network lasted several hours with rolling blackouts and full service outages.

“Like other major networks around the world, the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network have been impacted by an attempt to overwhelm our network with artificially high traffic,” Sid Shuman wrote on Sony’s official blog.

“Although this has impacted your ability to access our network and enjoy our services, no personal information has been accessed. We will continue to work towards fixing this issue and hope to have our services up and running as soon as possible. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the flight incident, Reuters reported. The reasoning behind the attacks in unknown, but Smedley indicated that he believes the attacks were not a coincidence.

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