PlayStation Networks Still Offline After Five Days

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It's been five days since Sony took its PlayStation servers offline. So what happened?
"Sony could lose millions after an apparent cyber attack knocked its PlayStation network offline. The service, which lets gamers from all over play together in real time, was turned off Wednesday so the company could investigate what appears to be an attack by hackers. The network still is not online. Sony said it is working around the clock on rebuilding it."
The hacking culprit is still unidentified but there are speculations. A reporter for Techland says Sony knew its system was not secure.
"My bet is that Sony was aware, well before this outage, that the PlayStation Network had certain innate and terminal vulnerabilities... (There's) no doubt Sony's network and systems engineers had their plates full poring over router and server logs, identifying holes, applying band-aids, and positing long-term solutions."
Sony officials say the attack was from external sources, but a reporter from Chicago Now says it could be a cover up.
"...some of the hackers that hacked into the PS3 system before... said that they are not the ones responsible for this. Might it be that it could be an inside issue at Sony and they don't want to blame anyone in the house?"
Regardless of the source, the network is still down, and Sony hasn't released a date users can expect to be back online. Editor in Chief of Crunchgear John Biggs reports on the current state of Sony's PlayStation Networks.
"So what's happening is they're actually moving the servers to brand new hardened servers so no one can continue this hack. But it's quite a black eye for Sony because it's been 5 days now. You basically have gamers everywhere wanting to play PS3 games."
The hacking group Anonymous denies any responsibility, releasing a statement titled "For Once We Didn't Do It." A PC World reporter says it could have been an individual hacker because of the time it is taking for Sony to fix and rebuild their systems.
"Sony has to trace every corner of their systems affected by the hacker and repair it or restore files. It's like removing a rodent infestation from a house--there's no quick and easy fix."
According to PC World, Sony originally said the fix would only take a day or two.

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