PlayStation Network still down for “maintenance” [updated 9:30am]

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[This story will continue to be updated as news comes to hand.]

On Thursday we reported that the PlayStation Network had been down for the entire afternoon.

12 hours later, the PSN was still down and a post on the EU PlayStation.Blog revealed that it may be “a full day or two before we’re able to get the service completely back up and running.”

Sony is still trying to blame “maintenance” for the issue, but it’s becoming increasingly apparent that this problem is to do with Anonymous[Update: Anonymous had denied any involvement with this downtime. Their statement is below] And the fact that this is going down on one of Australia’s longest public holiday’s is devastating for gamers.

Get it together Sony!

Update: Anonymous has said that they do not have anything to do with the outage and posted this image:

Update 2: A spokesperson for Sony has released this statement on the PlayStation Blog.

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 entertainment services to our customers and partners is our utmost priority. 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.

The spokesperson hasn’t estimated the time it’ll take to fix this issue, so the PlayStation Network may still be down for tomorrow and beyond.

Update 3: Another post on the PlayStation Blog reveals that Sony is “re-building” their system to “strengthen our network infrastructure”.

We sincerely regret that PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have been suspended, and we are working around the clock to bring them both back online. Our efforts to resolve this matter involve re-building our system to further strengthen our network infrastructure. Though this task is time-consuming, we decided it was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security.

We thank you for your patience to date and ask for a little more while we move towards completion of this project. We will continue to give you updates as they become available.

Update 4: Unofficial blog PlayStation Universe is reporting that a SCEE source has told that the PSN suffered a LOIC attack, which damaged the server. “Admin Dev accounts were breached.”

“Sony then shut down the PSN and [is] currently in the process of restoring backups to new servers with new admin dev accounts.”

The source also revealed that the PSN may be restored today in Japan and tomorrow in the US, EU and Australia.