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Published on April 25th, 2011 | by Kole Ross, Editor

PSN Outage Continues, Credit Card Data in Jeopardy?

It’s been nearly seven days since the PlayStation Network was taken offline, and nobody seems to know what’s going on… Least of all, Sony.

According to Kotaku, Sony is conducting investigations to determine whether or not user credit card data was compromised during the “intrusion” that initiated the outage.

This was revealed by spokesmen from Japanese and American branches of the company. So, maybe, just maybe, you should keep an eye on your statements. We remember what happened to Sandra Bullock in that documentary, The Net.

The most commonly-cited culprit in this debacle is the loose association of online activists calling themselves Anonymous. Due to the fallout from the GeoHot homebrew fiasco, Sony and Anonymous have more beef than a Wendy’s dumpster on Good Friday.

That being the case, it’s surprising to see Anonymous denying responsibility for the outage. It’s difficult for Anonymous to “officially” release anything, but the aforelinked YouTube video carries most of their hallmarks. In it, Anonymous claims that Sony is blaming them for an external intrusion to disguise an internal failing that led to the outage.

This is probably as good of a place as any to remind you that PSN being down doesn’t just affect your ability to play CoD:BlOps with your buddies.

Customers are unable to purchase digitally distributed games and content, and some games are unplayable since authentication servers are down. Also, developers rely on PSN access to test the online functionality of their games.

It’s been rumored that some customers are riling up to ask for compensation for services not rendered, although PSN services are largely free.

No matter what your feelings are on who did this, or why, I think we can all agree that not being able to play games is a Bad Thing™.

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