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article imageHackers crash PSN network, cause Sony execs plane to be diverted

By Greta McClain     Aug 25, 2014 in Entertainment
Anyone wanting to play games on the Sony PlayStation Network (PSN) on Sunday were out of luck after the servers were inundated by hackers.
The distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack was announced by a hacking group known as the Lizard Squad. The group had allegedly criticized Sony for poor network security in the past and called on the company to use some of their vast profits to fix the security issues. Shortly before 6:30 a.m. Sunday, the group tweeted that they had brought the PSN servers down, saying:
"Sony, yet another large company, but they aren't spending the waves of cash they obtain on their customers' PSN service. End the greed"
The group also announced plans to bring down the Blizzard’s servers, along with interrupting Riot Games’ League of Legends and Grinding Gear Games’ Path of Exile.
The PSN hit lasted for much of the day, while the other servers targeted were up and running relatively quickly according to a Forbes report.
The PSN servers were previously scheduled to be down for maintenance on Monday, however that maintenance has been rescheduled. Sony confirmed the DDoS and rescheduled maintenance in a statement issued Sunday. In the statement they say:
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.
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.
In light of today’s issue, the networks will not undergo the regularly scheduled maintenance, which was planned for Monday, August 25. We will provide an update shortly for when the maintenance will be rescheduled.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused by this issue. Thanks for your patience and support.
This is not the first time the PSN servers have been targeted. In 2011, the hactivist group Anonymous infiltrated the servers in a security breech that exposed the names and passwords of thousands of players. That attack eventually cost Sony $15 million, money paid out to settle a class-action lawsuit settlement.
The has also gotten involved after Lizard Squad also posted a video of an airplane hitting the World Trade Center on 9/11 and tweeted:
"AmericanAir We have been receiving reports that @j_smedley's plane #362 from DFW to SAN has explosives on-board, please look into this."
John Smedley, President of Sony Online Entertainment, was aboard American Airline flight 362 enrout for Dallas to San Diego. The flight was diverted to Phoenix according to officials with American Airlines.
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