The Playstation Network is currently down, as Brendan reported earlier, with Sony hard at work repairing the crash that's affecting consoles worldwide. Sony haven't spun this as 'scheduled maintenance', suggesting its either a netcode malfunction; or something else. Recently, hacker cabal, Anonymous, threatened to deliver "the biggest attack you've ever seen" on Sony over their court-case with fellow hacker, George 'Geohot' Hotz. And with the cause of the Network's crash still unclear, even to Sony, the company has admitted they're "investigating the possibility of targeted behavior by an outside party".
Sony have chosen their words very carefully, not mentioning Anonymous by name, but it all but confirms that Sony consider the crash may be the work of hackers. If this is the case, Sony has congratulated its fans for continued support, stating "we would like to once again thank our customers who have borne the brunt of the attack through interrupted service".
And so far, Sony has no concrete information on the nature of the crash. It was obviously an out-of-the-blue thing, with the Japanese manufacturer as taken aback as we were when greeted with error codes and unable to even sign-in to our PSN accounts. As it stands, the service is still unavailable in the UK, at least, but we've yet to hear any recent news from out friends across the pond and elsewhere.
We'll update you the moment the service is back, or when Sony have a little bit more to say on the matter. [Playstation Blog]