Alongside several other gaming networks, the PSN has been under DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack for a sizable part of the day, and Sony Computer Entertainment provided an update, mentioning that no personal information was accessed during the whole hoopla.
Like other major networks around the world, the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network have been impacted by an attempt to overwhelm our network with artificially high traffic.
Although this has impacted your ability to access our network and enjoy our services, no personal information has been accessed.
We will continue to work towards fixing this issue and hope to have our services up and running as soon as possible.
While this may come to no surprise for anyone that knows the difference between a DDoS attack and actual hacking, apparently many (including quite a few media sources) don’t. DDoS attacks only create artificially inflated traffic to cause a server outage, but don’t actually involve any intrusion in the network.
If you’re worried about data theft, you can breathe easier while we wait for the servers to be back up.