Apr 24, 2011
The Sixth Axis Playstation news and reviews site has posted unsubstantiated claims from an anonymous source that the current Playstation Network outage has been caused by a “sustained LOIC attack on the PSN Store” and “a concentrated attack on PS servers holding account info”.
Even if true users have little to worry about as any credit card details are separately secured and encrypted and most internet denizens know that your name and address is fairly useless on its own (and easily obtainable from a variety of public sources without the need for hacking).
You can read the whole sixthaxis post here.
In the previous post on the subject of the PSN outage it was reported that the cause may have been related to an exploit between the Steam and PSN Portal 2 interface. That does seem a tad unlikely as the normal response to such a breach would be to block the functionality, patch it, and then enable it again rather than take the whole system offline for days without an official reason.
More news as we get it.