"PlayStation Network" becomes most Googled term after cyber attack

Following the disruption to the online network of games console Playstation on April 20, gamers around the world have been turning to Google for answers, making "PlayStation Network" the most searched for term in the world.

The PlayStation Network, which among other things allows users to play online games, was subject to a cyber attack, leading the company to shut down the network on April 20.

In a short statement the company announced on April 26 the possibility that users' personal information, possibly including credit card details, had been compromised.

According to Google Insights, over the seven days prior to April 27 searches for the term "PlayStation Network" rose 2,850 percent, making it now the most searched for term in the world.  The abbreviation "psn" was in second place with a 1,500 percent increase in searches.

Search levels for "PlayStation Network" have remained at consistent levels since April 20 and have originated from counties including - in order of popularity - Norway, France, the United States, Canada, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Spain and New Zealand.

PlayStation is providing nformation about the ongoing problem with the Network via Facebook and Twitter ( @PlayStation).

Other popular search terms around the world over the same period included "Good Friday" and "Easter." Leading up to the royal wedding on April 29 the phrases "Kate Middleton" and "royal wedding" were also popular search terms.

The search terms with the most significant growth worldwide in the last seven days as measured by Google Insights, recorded on April 27 at 11am GMT, are:

01. playstation network (+2,850% )
02. psn (+1,500%)
03. earth day (+750%)
04. good friday (+600%)
05. easter (+160%)
06. portal 2 (+160%)
07. aöf (+150%)
08. kate middleton (+100%)
09. royal wedding (+100%)
10. meteo France (+50%)

 

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