Sony claims that its PlayStation Network (PSN) online gaming service has recovered after being attacked by an apparent hacker group over the weekend.
On Sunday, the network, which allows PlayStation owners to access the internet and play against each other in multiplayer games, was hit with a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, in which a company’s web servers are bombarded with a huge amount of fake traffic in order to overload capacity. DDoS attacks are not strictly “hacks” as they do not require the instigator to access and sabotage the target system, but they can cripple a company’s network.
PlayStation owners were unable to get online for several hours. Originally, an onscreen message claimed that the service was down for maintenance, and Sony tweeted that it was dealing with the issue.