According to the TV series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Skynet was supposed to become self-aware and launch its attack on humanity on April 21st of this year. It’s come and gone, but to members of Sony’s Playstation Network, it’s as if it’s actually happening.
PSN, the free service linking PS3 users together in multiplayer as well as providing the virtual space for Sony’s marketplace, has been down for the past few days. Also affected in the past week was Amazon’s cloud service hurting anything out there riding on top of it, such as certain websites. It’s back in business, though the same can’t be said for PSN which is still down as of this writing.
You might have also heard about a hacktivist group called Anonymous upset over Sony’s heavy-handed handling over PS3 hacker, George Hotz, whose case was settled before going to court. At this point, they haven’t taken responsibility for it and have gone so far as to issue a denial appropriately titled “For Once We Didn’t Do It“. And it’s not like they’re the only ones gunning for Sony nowadays.
All we do know is that Sony has finally admitted to an “external intrusion” of their systems and have taken them offline in order to investigate the issue. As for when they’re coming back, or what that entails exactly, your guess is as good as mine keeping everyone that bought Mortal Kombat and anything else with multiplayer in the past week for the PS3 raging for awhile longer.
Personally, I’d bet on the rogue AI installing itself on everything with a CPU causing this mess. But that’s just me…and anyone named John Connor.