For those of you who attempted to log into PlayStation Network on your PS3 or PSP recently today and failed to do so, don’t let flashbacks and bitter memories of the PlayStation Network hack scare you – it is fully intentional, as Sony posted that PSN will be undergoing “maintenance” between 8 a.m. PT and 5 p.m. PT. That might mean you will have troubles signing into the service, but you are still able to play games online, including those that are on Sony Web sites like PlayStation.com.
What you cannot do, however, even if you’re the master of the universe would be to change your password or register for the service. Sony failed to mention as to what the maintenance intends to achieve, but we have a gut feeling that this has something to do with a vulnerability which was discovered last week, leading more people to wonder back then whether a second hack has occurred.
This does not mean that there were no other subsequent security breaches – F-Secure did report that Sony’s Thai site has been compromised, and today, there are fresh reports of Sony BMG in Greece getting the hacker treatment. Hopefully this news won’t impact Sony’s next quarter earnings call like it did for this quarter.