In case you’ve been living under a rock or have only just come round from an Easter egg induced sugar coma, the PlayStation Network has been down since Thursday last week. The timing is unfortunate to say the least as PS3 gamers with sparkly new copies of Portal 2, Mortal Kombat and SOCOM 4 have been left unable to utilise the multiplayer aspects.
Sony has been somewhat vague in their updates regarding what the hell is going on with the PSN, but they have admitted to the problem being due to an “external intrusion”. This meant that Sony technicians were forced to take down the entire system so they could begin “rebuilding” to “provide the system with additional security”.
People initially thought, understandably, this was the work of online activist group Anonymous. New information has since surfaced suggesting otherwise. According to report on VentureBeat, the downtime is due to a custom PlayStation 3 firmware modification called Rebug.me.
The firmware allegedly allowed users to access a developer network where they could enter fake credit card details to “purchase” games, add-ons and other content. According to the VentureBeat article, because the hackers were gaining access to the PSN back-end, they did not require any credit card validation procedures. Cue wild spending sprees.
Here’s hoping everybody’s credit card information is safe on their PSN accounts. Yesterday it was revealed that Sony is still conducting a “thorough investigation” to determine whether users’ credit card details are safe or not. Presently, they have no clue so keep an eye on your credit card transaction lists or something. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m off to log in to ABSA’s internet banking.