PlayStation Network has Returned!

Finally, some great news has come from Sony. The PlayStation Network has begun returning in the United States as well as select regions internationally. The green states have returned service as on 1:52 AM EST. They have been steadily returning service to regions over the past 3 hours. After 23 days PSN has returned.

PlayStation Network has Returned!

To bring even more good news, Sony’s Group CEO, Kazuo Hirai, has announced that every PSN user will receive a special “Welcome Back” package in the coming days as well as the option for a free year of identity theft protection services. This is a very nice gesture from the company considering they themselves were among the victims as well.

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PlayStation Network May Be Down for Up to Two Days

The Official US Playstation Blog has announced that the maintenance on the PlayStation Network may take up to a day or two. The servers were brought down roughly 11 AM EST on Thursday April 21st. I imagine since the US blog has announced this time frame, this also means the EU PSN will follow a similar schedule. For now all we can do is hope its quick and easy. Worst case scenario we have everything back up and running midday Saturday.

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EU and US PlayStation Network Down for Mainenance

The EU and US PlayStation Networks are currently down for an unannounced maintenance. The maintenance should be concluded by 10:00 PM EST tonight, but during said time you will not be able to access the PlayStation Store, play any online games, or message any friends.

People have been getting two common error messages the first basically stating that PSN has been suspended and the second stating “An error has occurred. You have been signed out of PlayStation Network. (80710A06).” Your account has not been suspended nor has your PS3 suffered a fatal error. We’ll find out tonight whats in store after the maintenance. For now find something else to do or enjoy your games offline.

UPDATE: Sony Europe has confirmed that it may have been caused by a possible attack:

“As you are no doubt aware, the current emergency outage is continuing this afternoon and all Sony Online Network services remain unavailable. Our support teams are investigating the cause of the problem, including the possibility of targeted behaviour by an outside party. If the reported Network problems are indeed caused by such acts, we would like to once again thank our customers who have borne the brunt of the attack through interrupted service.

Our engineers are continuing to work to restore and maintain the services, and we appreciate our customers’ continued support. For further information, please refer to updates on PlayStation.com, here on PlayStation.Blog and via our @PlayStationEU twitter feed.”

As many of you have heard the group “Anonymous” has recently been attacking Playstation for their handling of the GeoHot situation. There is no confirmation that this is a continuation of the prior attacks. At this point we can only speculate.

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