UPDATE: An anonymous and reliable source has reported to PlayStation Underground that the issue affecting about 90 million PlayStation users worldwide is a bit more complicated than it was originally thought to be. According to the source, the PlayStation Network sustained a DDoS attack ( evolved from an initial LOIC attack ) that wrecked havoc on Sony’s servers. The attack also resulted in many administrators having their accounts breached, and “Sony then shut down the PSN and [is] currently in the process of restoring backups to new servers with new admin dev accounts.”
For those of you who think that AnonOps is behind this, just to reiterate – they aren’t. Although the network outage would have no doubt caused heavy losses to Sony ( with Microsoft also commenting that they’re expecting an increase in Xbox LIVE traffic ), Sony understandably thinks its better to utilize this time to equip themselves with better infrastructure so that such disasters don’t happen in the future.
The servers in Japan are expected to go up tomorrow with the U.S and E.U. servers expected to go up the following day.