08/24/2014 06:38 pm ET Updated Aug 25, 2014

PlayStation Network Brought Down By DDoS Attack


Gamers woke up to an unpleasant surprise on Sunday morning when hackers brought down Sony's PlayStation Network by way of a distributed denial-of-service (DDos) attack.

Sony tweeted that the problem was being addressed:

The company also confirmed the outage in a blog post, saying that there had been "an attempt to overwhelm our network with artificially high traffic." On the bright side, Sony stated that "no personal information" had been accessed by the attack.

Per, Sony Online Entertainment's servers and Blizzard's servers were also hit.

A group called Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for the attack. As Inquisitr points out, the group then indicated that the action against Sony's servers wouldn't stop until the U.S. ceased attacks on the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL):

Inquisitr also reports that Twitter user @FamedGod took credit for the attack after Lizard Squad initially claimed responsibility:

In an alarming twist, Lizard Squad tweeted that explosives were on a plane carrying John Smedley, President of Sony Online Entertainment:

TechCrunch reports that the plane was diverted to Phoenix to have its cargo inspected, presumably due to concern over Lizard Squad's tweets.

As of the publication of this article, the PlayStation Network is still down.

UPDATE: Sony has confirmed that issues with the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network have been resolved: