Sony is reported to be suffering a major DDOS or Distributed Denial-of-Service attack on its network. After initial denial, the company’s online entertainment boss confirmed today that there has been some hiccup in its PlayStation Network (PSN) earlier on Sunday.
The problem was first reported by The Register, which reported that there have been problems and users were not able to access the PlayStation Network.
SOE’s chief John Smedley has admitted that the site was DDoSED in a couple of tweets. He tweeted after complaints started swelling up from weekend players that they have not been able to access the PSN. John also provided a link to map highlighting where the DDoS attack had taken place. Immediately later he tweeted that he will boarding a domestic flight and therefore will be unavailable for the next three hours.
PlayStation also admitted that there have been some problems with the network but stopped short of accepting that there has been a DDoS attack in its twitter post.
The tweet from PlayStation reads, “Network update: our engineers are aware of the issues and are working to resolve them. We’ll keep you posted – sorry for the inconvenience,”
In spite of tweets that everything will be OK in a few hours reports indicate that an unknown number of gamers have been kicked off of Sony’s PlayStation Network. Consumers are also reporting that they are being greeted with a message which reads, “The network is undergoing maintenance.”
There are uncorroborated reports that PlayStation Network has been hit by a DDoS attack. There has been a sharp spike in apparent network strife for PSN.
In an official statement on its support site, Sony said:
We are aware that some users are experiencing difficulty enjoying the PSN. We have confirmed the PSN is stable. If you are having trouble, we encourage you to contact your internet service provider.