PlayStation Network Back Up

The PlayStation Network was reportedly hacked and has gone down, according to reports on Sunday.

Update: It was back up hours after the attack.


Sony responded to the apparent cyberattack on its blog.

“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,” it said. “Although this has impacted your ability to access our network and enjoy our services, no personal information has been accessed.”

The company added: “We will continue to work towards fixing this issue and hope to have our services up and running as soon as possible. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused.”

Sony Online Entertainment chief John Smedley told USA Today that the network was targeted via a DDOS attack.

A group known as Lizard Squad took responsibility for the attack, the report said. The group has been tweeting about the incident since the network went down.

“Network update: our engineers are aware of the issues and are working to resolve them. We’ll keep you posted – sorry for the inconvenience,” PlayStation last tweeted at 12 p.m. ET.

It also appears that the PlayStation Plus free games service is working, as some Twitter users have indicated.

According to reports, the flight that Smedley was on was reportedly diverted due to a bomb threat. His plane–an American Airlines jetliner–was diverted to Phoenix.

The Lizard squad apparently took responsibility for the flight diversion.



AP tech update: Spotify’s Top 10 most streamed tracks 
The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, August 7 to Sunday August 17 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.


1. Sam Smith, “Stay With Me” (Capitol Records Ltd.)

2. MAGIC!, “Rude” (RCA Records)

3. Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass” (Epic Records)

4. Sia, “Chandelier” (RCA Records)

5. Iggy Azalea, “Fancy” (Virgin EMI Records)

6. Jessie J, “Bang Bang” (Republic Records)

7. Ariana Grande, “Break Free” (Republic Records)

8. Becky G, “Shower” (Kemosabe Records/RCA Records)

9. Ariana Grande, “Problem” (Republic Records)

10. Maroon 5, “Maps” (Interscope Records)


11. MAGIC!, “Rude” (Sony Music Entertainment International Limited)

2. Nico & Vinz, “Am I Wrong” (Parlophone Norway)

3. George Ezra, “Budapest” (Columbia Records)

4. Ariana Grande, “Problem” (Republic Records)

5. Ed Sheeran, “Sing” (Atlantic Records UK)

6. Sam Smith, “Stay With Me” (Capitol Records Ltd.)

7. Ed Sheeran, “Don’t” (Atlantic Records UK)

8. Ella Henderson, “Ghost” (Syco Music)

9. Sia, “Chandelier” (Monkey Puzzle Records)

10. Mr. Probz, “Waves – Robin Schulz Radio Edit” (Ultra / Sony Music Entertainment Netherlands B.V.)


1. MAGIC!, “Rude” (RCA Records)

2. Sam Smith, “Stay With Me” (Capitol Records Ltd.)

3. Sia, “Chanedlier” (RCA Records)

4. Ariana Grande, “Problem” (Republic Records)

5. Calvin Harris, “Summer” (Columbia Records)

6. Nico & Vinz, “Am I Wrong” (Parlophone Norway)

7. Ariana Grande, “Break Free” (Republic Records)

8. Maroon 5, “Maps” (Interscope Records)

9. Iggy Azalea, “Fancy” (Virgin EMI Records)

10. Lilly Wood and The Prick, “Prayer in C – Robin Schulz Radio Edit” (Warner Music Germany)