Feeds

Shoot-em-up: Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'

Games disrupted as firm struggles to control network

Sony is suffering a major Distributed Denial-of-Service attack on its network, the company's Online Entertainment boss confirmed today.

It comes after The Register reported gripes about service wobbles on the PlayStation Network (PSN) earlier on Sunday.

SOE's chief John Smedley coughed to being DDoSed in a series of tweets, hours after complaints surfaced about Sony from weekend gamers who were failing to access the PSN.

He also said his American Airlines flight 362 had been diverted "for security reasons" – just after miscreants hinted to officials that explosives were onboard.

On the distributed denial-of-service assaults, Smedley told Twitter:

Smedley provided a link to a map showing where the DDoS attack had hit. He then tweeted that he would be out of contact on a domestic flight for three hours.

PlayStation admitted there were problems on its service, but did not mention a DDoS attack in a tweet it posted within the last hour.

"Network update: our engineers are aware of the issues and are working to resolve them. We'll keep you posted - sorry for the inconvenience," it said. ®

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.