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PlayStation Network Down, Are Anonymous Telling the Truth?

It’s a very sad time for PS3 owners at the moment, because at the time of writing, we can confirm that the PlayStation Network is STILL down for maintenance, bringing the total downtime into a fifth day believe it or not. Hacking group Anonymous have now come out and stated that they are not responsible for this attack, but do you believe them?

Just to give you a refresh, Anonymous originally targeted the PS3 as part of their initial attacks against Sony for their treatment of a certain infamous hacker, but they have just come out recently, posting a new video saying that they are not behind this latest attack.

We’ve included the video for you below, but what we more interested about, is whether they are telling the truth or not. Don’t forget that Anonymous is made up of a group of individual users, with no direct leader so this could have still been carried out by a few angry members, with or without the consent of the group’s leader.

Sony has already admitted that the downtime is due to the PlayStation Network suffering an attack, so it’s clear that someone is responsible. If Anon are not responsible for this, then who is? Our guesses is that these people may still be connected to Anonymous and that the attacks happened were similar to the ones that Anon first launched a few weeks ago.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think Anon are still behind this or not?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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GAZZA
GAZZA

They say they dont wont to attack the GAMERS just SONY but we are the ones they ATTACKED not sony one question to you Anonymous why what have we ever done to you all we do is go online to have fun chill out get away from all our troubles but all we get is people hacking then the people that follow you are cheaters thinking they have the right to could hackers Then to top it of its not good anough for you to damage our game plays you HACK our servers and course angar all over the world… Read more »

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To everyone blaming Anon for this and for all of you who do not know why they did it: Anon started this after Sony took a man to court because he jailbroke his PS3 and also because they marketed the PS3 with support to run Linux and/or other OS, but then dropped the support. When they did this, some people had their PS3s bricked (A.K.A. impossible to use) while others just couldn't access the partition that OtherOS was on and lost the GB on the PS3. I don't know if this was them or not, but Sony deserves to lose… Read more »

banged147chicks

you wanna hear about irony? i’m a huge game nut, but i never bothered going online. always doing single player games, beating them, buying another, etc. but recently the pressure of everyone bugging me to get the internet & sign up for ps network finally got to me. after 15 years of playing games i went online… THE VERY FIRST DAY SONY SHUT THE DAMN THING DOWN!!! hell, i thought it was just MY PS3 getting that error message. oh well.. i waited this long… i can wait a few more (days?)

-Russ

young and reckless
young and reckless

they got me playing SOLO zombies

guest
guest

No, Sony wasn't shut down by a few hackers. They were intruded by a few hackers, yes, but Sony shut down Qriocity and the PSN willingly to rebuild and refortify their security. It's not Sony's fault these idiots keep targeting them. The only thing they're accomplishing is making a large group of gamers angry. All this talk about people buying an XBOX instead… are you kidding me? Is 500 dollars really worth a few days without the network? No. Have some patience, people… and learn to spell.

XboxGod
XboxGod

The answer is simple: Sony blows. Xbox all the way people. Ill see you all online. Oh wait no I wont. LOL

Mike
Mike

When will there be a button you can click to let everyone know that you think something is retarded? For instance… why can't I click a button telling Anon that I think they are boarderline retarded? Instead, the only option is a button to say I 'like' those losers? That's why the idiot masses are winning… because they're too stupid to realize that the only reason so many people 'like'/support them is because there is no alternative choice other than ignoring them… and people who know better know that if you ignore the most retarded among us, then they will… Read more »

laughing severely
laughing severely

this is awesome.
sure i miss playing but psn had it coming

francisco
francisco

why dont they just reset the whole psn

wang tang badanski
wang tang badanski

im gonna play xbox

wang tang badanski
wang tang badanski

i think i might just play xbox instead!!!!!!!!!!!

Jamster126
Jamster126

I dont mind this. People need to relax and go and enjoy the sunshine! The thing i am worried about is credit card details…..i hope they were not breached!

a.shrews
a.shrews

This article is crap… not only is it based entirely on speculation, but its not even legitimate speculation at that. Anonymous made threats against Sony for the way they went after this "infamous" hacker, who, in reality, was basically just toying with the ps3 in a similar way to how so many people have toyed with/modded out their xboxes. even then, it wasnt so much the fact that Sony was going after the kid, but it was that Sony made a point to collect the ip address of every single person who went on the kids website (which, in my… Read more »

Essexneil
Essexneil

Ok guys, time to get a grip, no one has removed your kidneys as you sleep, you have not suddenly become blind or have to live in a wheelchair, all that has happened is a free online game service is unavailable for a few days! Go out and see the REAL world for a while, or is that just too shocking to your own os? If you have to spout your bile at someone then do it at the hackers who are the parasites of the modern world, they serve no purpose to anyone but themselves. The online world is… Read more »

HORRHAY
HORRHAY

if servers down 4 over a week thats unexcuseable 4 a multi-million company to get hacked by some nerds thats most likely not millionairs and cant fix the shit n 2days wow how fuking smart r u people. And if we gota pay 4 online ever1 should go Xbox ima smoke some purple and try 2maro

Mr. Black
Mr. Black

I had purchased 2 online games using PS3's network by using my credit card. Since PS3's network is down, hacked by some individuals, how secure is my credit card? Should I worry?
I wasn't expecting this from such a big well established company as Sony. Let's just hope that my identity is not stolen or my credit card is used fradulently or I'm suing you Sony.
Not a happy camper!

HORRHAY
HORRHAY

PSN MAKES MULTI-MILLIONS AND THIS HAPPENDS LOL 2012 WE ALL DEAD N E WAYS

kipGDN
kipGDN

omg sony wtf are yall doin its been like 5 days now an no updates i know it not yall faut but its hackes but sony really need to update us

HORRHAY
HORRHAY

I PLAY COD 4 5YRs AND THIS NEVER HAPPEND NOW THAT IT HAPPEND AND IT HAPPEN OVER SOME NERDS IMA GO XBOX I SPEND ALOT OF MONEY WITH PSN AND THEY CANT EVEN PROTECT THE SERVER EVEY1 GO XBOX NO LAG NO SERVER DOWNN NEVERRRRRRRRR

storm1
storm1

If that is the case that they are going to make us pay to play online, I will just sell my ps3. I like my ps3 a hell of alot better than my crapbox 360. The reason that i bought a ps3 in the first place is so that i did not have to pay to play online! If and when something happens to that effect sadly that is what i will do to pay to play online with crapbox 36zero. I have netflix on my crapbox so that i have a reason to turn it on once and in… Read more »

Bushido
Bushido

still no matter what i will side with sony. I was their customer since the days of PSone and i will continue to be their customer.

justsomewalker
justsomewalker

well.i guese if this continuse ill go get laid

tjs1963
tjs1963

sort it out Sony and fast,its been 5 days now and still nothing doing.i may have to go outside soon,

pdub
pdub

just traded my ps3 in for an xbox…..have fun wit sonys problems….they are only gonna escelate

jay
jay

Wow as soon as something goes wrong everyone jumps on the hate train. I've got news for everyone, you bought the ps3 and I gurantee when you bought it you were saying ooh bluray player built in and free online play and good first party installment and better return rates and ooh less chance of my ps3 having hardware issues and oh yeah my controller isn't a brick oh and eves are dying anyway oh and its user friendly. But as soon as something goes wrong its blahblah blahblady blah f**k sony. You guys don't think of the user your… Read more »

guest
guest

The network is down because they are revamping the system so we have to pay for online use just like Xbox!!!! They will say this has to be done so it is safer and more secure for all PS3 users!

Steamed
Steamed

Whoever did this must hate themselves and have no real friends so they do stupid stuff like this.I can hardly wait to see them on the news once they are caught. But then psn will upgrade their network and the users will probably have to pay like xbox.

Someone interested.
Someone interested.

To Sony: It is pretty clear that the attack was directed towards your company and not your users. therefor it is your responcibility to keep your customers informed on the status of the situation. if customer information is not safe, you need to let customers know and what they can do to protect themselves otherwise all of those millions of cases of credit or bank fraud will be Sony's fault. Yes, it is not an easy time for sony, but be responcible and keep your customers happy best you can before you lose them. To Gamers: i know it sux… Read more »

imasmoker
imasmoker

i never thought i was a game junky til this shit happened.i dont wish prison on nobody cause its a hard place to live..but whoever is responsible for this shit need life in prison..so what if i always get 30 kills,thats no reason to hack the network you geek…as for sony.i think you guys should send everydody i pads or somethin.an if those hackers use my credit card number i'll be seeing yall in court..yall make way to much money for yall security to be so shitty.

Head Kick
Head Kick

Sony needs to get this shit sorted out. I'm stoked for GSP fight on Saturday and just want to beat some ass online.

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lold

Blood---Weezy
Blood---Weezy

these hackers are ***holes. why didnt they go hack xbox what the *** did we do to them

psn user
psn user

why doesnt youtube just give police and sony 'anonymous' ip address and whatnot so we can arrest them. its possible to track them down through internet, why hasnt this been done already. anonymous is acting like they are this big thing. why in the hell would you harm the users? why not just boycott the stores again..heres an idea..be one of those crazed loones holding a sign on the side of the road protesting. this attack is not helping anonymous or hackers in general. they were disliked before, now they are hated.

guest
guest

Just sold my xbox360 (which was very hard to part with) and got a ps3, I was reluctant to pay the ridiculous price for the console, but convinced myself to part with my money. I now understand what a huge mistake I have made; the console is not any better than my 360, and this shitty psn crap really takes the piss. The lack of communication has been discusting, and has truly annoyed. I'm now considering weither to sell my shitty ps3 and try to regain possession of my beloved 360.

Kamil
Kamil

Get some sunshine give a little moonlight go get some sleep and some fresh air stop playing on the ps3 and get ur friends out their propely crying that there is nO Online ohh yeah my song rocks u freak bag nerds

bob
bob

This is mad. why would they do this to a free network. all this is gunna do is make sony put walls up and charge everyone. in the long run it effects the user more. meat heads only thinking about themselfs again.

Grizwizkhalifa
Grizwizkhalifa

I'm mad pissed. just got socom and a new mik…

Ivor Biggun
Ivor Biggun

@ Big Joe The trouble is,would anyone want to buy a PS3 now knowing the problems / how easy it is to hack the servers I think Sony need to lower the prices of their systems if this can happen anytime a hacker gets pissed of and decides to close Sony`s system down,then you have the fact of the overheating issue / YLOD,PS2 has never had a problem with YLOD yet the more expensive PS3 has this problem,i thought this problem was caused due to me repairing my PS3 from YLOD but turns out that the system has been hacked,so… Read more »

kestas
kestas

any whay, way ps3 dont wont to tel us what heppen and when it will be fixs. the say 1 or 2 days? it now 5days and still nothing happen.i thing all staff now enjoing banhollidays:)

yeanayeana
yeanayeana

I hope PSN is back soon. It would be great if people find other stuff but how about those gamers that are experiencing withdrawal for days now. I heard some even considered buying xbax love to get by, oh the horror. My brother guessed yesterday that suicide rates rose last weekend.

ondsnap
ondsnap

Mr. Bean,
I wouldn't be that upset with Sony if they would have handled this mess better. They have yet to give a time frame on when the service will be up. They also haven't said if users credit card information was safe or not. With over 50 million consoles sold and over 75 million registered users, Sony could have thrown us a bone and said somthing more than a vague statement, at best, once a day.

Matt
Matt

Shock! Horror! you have to go play outside…..with other….people….in the sunshine. Its like…barbaric or something?

c'mon people it's gorgeous weather outside, so what if the PSN is down? I've got a PS3 myself and it doesn't bother me in the slightest that its down. Why? because i've spent the last 3 days out the glorious sunshine, without having any work to do, with my -real world- mates not virtual ones.

What the hell do you think your parents did before playstations, Xboxs and Wiis were even thought of?

EdenHummel
EdenHummel

While this down time does put a cramp on online multiplayer games on the PS3, Game players can still play single player, as well as local (as in with a person siting next to you with anuther controller) multi player games. But this does hurt Sony in a way seens consumers cant access the PSN market place to buy and download DLC (Down Loadable Content) and movies while the net work is down.

But as a gamer, i do hope that the responcable party (regardless if it's Annon or some other group) is punished and the PSNetwork comes back online.

Big Joe
Big Joe

Sony should be able to sort this no problem, they are a huge company, and have been completely shown up by a few individual hackers. What a JOKE! It's been off for 5 days now I guess? I have work tomorrow and I had 4 days to play online but no no, its still not online. Sort this shit out Sony. If its not on by next weekend, I'll be buying an xbox and selling my ps3!!!

Dean
Dean

Who cares put it back on so a can shoot some people up

Unamed
Unamed

For god sake its been 5 days now and sony said it will only take to 2 days, they havnt even updated us on when it will be back or anything, and i dont believe anonymous there a bunch of geeks that need to get fukin laid!

Mr bean
Mr bean

i think the ps3 users are going on pretty sad to be honest. Its not like its the end of the world or something is it? sony will fix this problem when there do so in the mean time just go out and do what normal people do and have fun…… am a ps3 user my self but its no big deal that the psn server is down jesus ppl please just get a life already !!

scott harvey
scott harvey

i think this is a complete shambles to ps3 and there customers, so many of my friends are selling or are going to sell there ps3 and get xboxs as this happens all the time with ps3. what a ridiculous time for the network to go down on easter bank holiday so many 1000's of people who cant do nothin well there off school etc., its pathetic. Surely a well known company such as yourselfs should have top security and procedures for people not hacking into the network. Sort it out ps3!! its getting beyond a joke!!!!

Rob the blob
Rob the blob

This is a very sad time for PS3 users. We'll be forced to go outside and enjoy the Bank Holiday sunshine. Heck….I may even have to interact face to face with my kids instead of online like I usually do 😉

Tony Summers
Tony Summers

Who cares who is responsible, the question has to be…why are the criminals always one step ahead sony are a massive corperation and should be able to deal with a few hackers. Anyway why would anyone bother with this all you are doing is upsetting a load of teenagers that haven't really got anything better to do. So why don't you go out and target Sonys' places of business rather than a console!!!. Sony are bigger than the ps3.

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