The PlayStation Network is down across the globe, with users across Europe and the United States reporting an inability to log in or use the PSN. While Sony says it's looking into the matter, the company acknowledges it could be a cyberattack.
On Sony Europe's official site, the company posted the following notice:
As you are no doubt aware, the current emergency outage is continuing this afternoon and all Sony Online Network services remain unavailable. Our support teams are investigating the cause of the problem, including the possibility of targeted behaviour by an outside party. If the reported Network problems are indeed caused by such acts, we would like to once again thank our customers who have borne the brunt of the attack through interrupted service. Our engineers are continuing to work to restore and maintain the services, and we appreciate our customers’ continued support. For further information, please refer to updates on PlayStation.com, here on PlayStation.Blog and via our @PlayStationEU twitter feed.
Sony was recently the target of "Anonymous," a loose collective of internet pranksters and activists, due to its lawsuit over hacking of the PlayStation 3. The group (or really, a nameless person claiming to be a member of the group) issued a statement saying Sony "abused the judicial system in an attempt to censor information about how your products work", "victimized [its] own customers merely for possessing and sharing information" and of violated "the privacy of thousands of innocent people who only sought the free distribution of information."
Since Sony settled the lawsuit that caused the initial threat from Anonymous, you'd think the hackers would have moved on to other targets, but perhaps not. As of yet, no group has taken credit for downing the PSN, and the results are not in as to what caused the actual outage. We'll give you more information as it develops.