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Playstation Network now down for the 5th day

Sony still haven't announced a date of when gamers can expect the Playstation Network (PSN) to return and when they can play the likes of Portal 2 and Mortal Kombat online. The downtime started late last Wednesday when Sony took both the Playstation Network and Qriocity services down due to an "external intrusion".

In an update Sony posted on their Playstation blog they stated:

We sincerely regret that PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have been suspended, and we are working around the clock to bring them both back online. Our efforts to resolve this matter involve re-building our system to further strengthen our network infrastructure. Though this task is time-consuming, we decided it was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security.

We thank you for your patience to date and ask for a little more while we move towards completion of this project. We will continue to give you updates as they become available.

At this stage and being down for so long re-building is probably the appropriate word to use. Sony are clearly not only working to restore the service but also to improve the security of the service in general. So far Sony have not commented on the possibility that personal information such as credits cards stored by PSN have been stolen, which some gamers are now fearing.

Many Playstation Network users are understandably annoyed at the downtime lasting the entire Easter weekend, some are even more annoyed at Sony's lack of transparency about the issue one user called geddesmond2 wrote "It wouldn't be as bad if we got an ETA of when it will be back up and running but instead we are greeted with one update on the situation a day all saying it will be back up soon". Many gamers are expecting some form of compensation, but to date Sony have not commented on the issue.