Sony has confirmed that its online PlayStation store went down following a cyber-attack, with a hacker group called Lizard Squad immediately claiming responsibility.
The site displayed the phrase 'Page Not Found! It’s not you. It’s the internet’s fault.' A hacker group called Lizard Squad took credit for the disruption, posting 'PSN Login #offline #LizardSquad' on their Twitter account.
The electronic and entertainment company responded by tweeting that they are aware of the issues that the users are experiencing, and log-in difficulties seemed to have been fixed globally within a few hours. It was reported that there is no sign of any materials being stolen.
The incident is the most recent in a series of attacks on Sony Entertainment. The computer systems went down at the end of last month, followed by an online leak of confidential documents, unreleased films and sensitive information such as employees’ social security numbers.
Speculation online led some people to believe that North Korea might have been the culprit of the massive cyber-attack in retaliation for the new Sony film ‘The Interview’, in which the main characters are to assassinate the communist state’s leader Kim Jong-Un.
Although a North Korean diplomat denied that Pyongyang was behind the extensive cyber-attack, a US national security source told Reuters that the country is a principal suspect.
There is no correlation known as yet between the attack on the PlayStation Network attack and the attack on Sony Pictures last week.