After a week of PlayStation Network being down, PS3 fans wandering around in a multiplayer-less daze, and a very marked lack of explanation on the entire matter from Sony itself, it seems the other shoe has finally dropped.
And unfortunately, it failed to land in the place where non-bad shoes do.
Breaking their week-long silence, Senior Director of Corporate Communications, Patrick Seybold, took to the Official PlayStation Blog and finally explained what had been going on during the last week.
We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19, 2011, certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network. In response to this intrusion, we have:
- Temporarily turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity services;
- Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened; and
- Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our network infrastructure by re-building our system to provide you with greater protection of your personal information.