JAPANESE GAMES CONSOLE MAKER Sony is facing more problems after its Playstation Network was hacked and taken offline, with no estimate in sight for recovery.
The company confirmed that its network was the victim of an "external intrusion" and that it voluntarily put it offline while it works on a fix for the problem.
However, it's been nearly a week since the first signs of the hacking appeared and the network remains down, with users greeted by error messages and notifications about maintenance and suspended services.
It is widely believed that the hacktivist group Anonymous was behind the attack, but the group denied this, saying that some of its supporters might have acted alone. Anonymous launched a campaign against Sony recently after the company sued George Hotz, the man who jailbroke the Playstation 3. That lawsuit has since been settled.
Anonymous claims that Sony is taking advantage of the situation, blaming its members for what it says is an internal problem on Sony's servers.
In its most recent status update Sony said that it was still working on bringing its Playstation Network and Qriocity services back online, but that it doesn't have a timeframe for how long that might take. The company thanked its users for their patience.
Gamers are furious over the outage, which coincides with the release of the highly anticipated Portal 2 game. The Easter holidays would have seen many of the 70 million accounts on Sony's network active and the BBC reports that some of these gamers might expect compensation for the loss of service. µ