The PSN server outage has entered its sixth day, and user discontent is reaching fever pitch (as you can plainly see in Felix's recent response to the situation). Unfortunately Sony believes that we way need to wait a while longer for a "time intensive" fix - but a new report suggests that the shutdown may have been a reaction to the release of custom firmware that allows users to download content with fake credit card details. We've got the full story below.
On the Playstation Blog, corporate communications exec Patrick Seybold has kept up the wall of silence surrounding the cause of the problem, but states that Sony are working on a "time intensive" to bring the network back up to speed. Patience is a virtue.
I know you are waiting for additional information on when PlayStation Network and Qriocity services will be online. Unfortunately, I don't have an update or timeframe to share at this point in time.
As we previously noted, this is a time intensive process and we're working to get them back online quickly. We'll keep you updated with information as it becomes available. We once again thank you for your patience.
That's all well and good, but the majority of PSN subscribers would very much like to know who's behind the outages - and a new report from VentureBeat (via EG) suugests that Sony may have voluntarily switched off the servers in order to implement a defence against new custom firmware that hit the internet last week. Known as Rebug.me, this homebrew firmware reportedly allows its users to enter fake credit card details to freely download PSN content by accessing a developer network - and naturally, Sony would have been keen to nip this in the bud.
We're not necessarily convinced that PSN would have been down this long (denying legitimate users the opportunity to pay for content and losing the company massive amounts of potential revenue) for this reason, but we'll keep you up to date with the latest.