Sony’s PlayStation Network online gaming service is finally working again after spending days offline due to an apparent cyber attack.
The network's official website changed its status from “offline” to “online” at around 3pm GMT today, meaning would-be gamers who received a PlayStation 4 for Christmas should finally be able to play online.
An update posted to a help article on the PlayStation website had read: “We are aware that some users are experiencing difficult logging onto the PSN. We will update this article with any changes that occur in regards to the issue. That you for your patience.”
In reality PSN services have been gradually restoring all morning and there may still be some residual issues for users.
PlayStation Network and its competitor Microsoft’s Xbox Live service stopped working on Christmas Eve after a reported cyber attack from the hacker group Lizard Squad.
Lizard Squad said on social media that it toppled both networks with so-called distributed denial of service attacks. The tactic involved overwhelming Sony and Microsoft’s servers with unexpected user traffic.
“Jingle bells jingle bells xbox got ran,” the group wrote on Twitter on Thursday, before posting a similar line about Sony. “oh my fun it is to troll of you morons ... hey!”
Lizard Squad had announced its attack in advance.
Best PS4 games of 2014
Best PS4 games of 2014
Although this 28th century post-apocalyptic sci-fi adventure was made by the creators of the Xbox favourite Halo and has a story that can, at best, be described as convoluted and lacklustre, Destiny is a deep, fluid, fast first person shooter that draws influence from multiple sources and wraps it in a package of gorgeous graphics and ear-pleasing audio.
2/9 The Last of Us Remastered
The original 2013 incarnation of The Last of Us was a worthy winner of dozens of Game of the Year Awards so many gamers were hoping for signs of sequel. Instead, we got this: a visually enhanced version for the PS4 complete with a director commentary. Yet Naughty Dog's boundary-pushing action-adventure is a real treat, blending perfect level design with mature, brutal and honest story-telling.
Although the independently-made action-adventure Spelunky debuted on the PC in 2009, it only made it to the PS4 in October. Combining the straight-forward gameplay and looks of a game from the 90s (think Rick Dangerous) with the polish of a modern-day blockbuster, it's a randomly generated multiplayer platformer that truly tests gamer ability.
4/9 LittleBigPlanet 3
Stephen Fry's narration leads gamers into the latest incarnation of a PlayStation fave that introduces three new characters – Oddsock, Toggle and Swoop – and pits them across a set of lovingly-crafted levels. The game's create mode has benefited from the introduction of pop-it puzzles which teach gamers how to manipulate the digital world without bogging them down with tools. As a result, it's a game the LBP community will adore.
5/9 Don't Starve
Released just days into the New Year, Don't Starve was able to wash away the back-to-work January blues by offering a compelling survival sim set in a huge open world that could so easily have dripped from the pen of Tim Burton. It's a fascinatingly arty, atmospheric battle against starvation that makes you question pretty much everything you come across.
6/9 Infamous: Second Son
Infamous was a hugely popular PlayStation-exclusive for the PS3 in 2009 and this third game in the series has had a similar impact on the PS4. The game asks players to pick a path of good or evil for the central character Delsin and it enthrals thanks to frantic, challenging battles and a greater array of powers than in previous incarnations. With DualShock 4 integration and an impressive visualisation of Seattle, it's both sexy and slick.
It may lack variation but DriveClub remains the best PS4 racer to date (which some may feel is a rather damning insight into the competition). The game keeps things simple by throwing out many driving staples such as car customisation and replays. But the cars boast tight-handling, the social elements excel and you're able to take to the wheel of gorgeous cars on realistic-looking tracks.
8/9 Metro Redux
Whether or not you like these gaming revamps, there is no denying that the double tarting up of shooters Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light for the PS4 is a triumph. The former benefits from features introduced in the latter (the musical cues as an enemy emerges proving very effective) and both shine in 1080p. It's how remakes should be.
9/9 Towerfall Ascension
Towerfall was one of the – only – reasons to snap up a Ouya, that disappointing Kickstarter crowd-funded Android-based console that has largely died a death. Towerfall Ascension is the PS4 version with an offline four-player, fast-flowing free-for-all that will rock any Christmas party. Time to buy some more controllers.
The group emerged earlier this year and became associated with a number of attacks on gaming networks according to US newspaper the Washington Post.
It claims to have attacked the PlayStation network in August and Xbox in early December. The group also struck RiotGames’ League of Legends and Blizzard’s Battle.net.
Microsoft said all of its “core services” were working as of this morning though it said some apps might still be having issues.
PlayStation is owned by Sony, the parent company of Sony Pictures, which was targeted by hackers over its release of the film The Interview. Microsoft is one of the companies which agreed to stream the film on its eventual release.
There has been speculation from cyber security experts that the two hacks might be linked.Reuse content