Sony brings down own web hosting service

We reported in our last blog that Amazon’s web hosting service, Amazon EC2, took a tumble last week with an outage lasting for nearly two days.

It’s now Sony’s turn to experience web hosting troubles. The technology giant experienced a massive five-day outage last week that affected the PlayStation Network, the online hosting service for its PlayStation 3 gaming console.

Unlike Amazon’s outage, though, Sony’s was deliberately self-induced.

Sony turned off the PlayStation Network after it emerged that an intruder had gained access to it. By switching off the network, Sony was able to protect user data and prevent further damage.

Bosses at Sony also ordered a switch-off of Qriocity, its online entertainment service.

In a statement issued over the weekend on the official PlayStation blog, Sony said: ”An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. In order to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services going forward, we turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity services on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th.

“Providing quality entertainment services to our customers and partners is our utmost priority. We are doing all we can to resolve this situation quickly, and we once again thank you for your patience. We will continue to update you promptly as we have additional information to share.”

To date, exact details of the nature of the intrusion have not been released.