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Sony has confirmed that an “external intrusion” has forced them to take down the online services for PlayStation 3. The PlayStation Network and the media streaming service Qriocity has been offline since last Thursday, Nordic time.

Patrick Seybold, Sr. Director, Corporate Communications & Social Media at Sony, posted the following message on friday on the PlayStation Blog.

“An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. In order to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services going forward, we turned off PlayStation Network & Qriocity services on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th. Providing quality entertainment services to our customers and partners is our utmost priority. We are doing all we can to resolve this situation quickly, and we once again thank you for your patience. We will continue to update you promptly as we have additional information to share.”

The hacker group Anonymous, which earlier declared war against Sony after the company’s dispute with hacker George Hotz, was quickly rumored to be responsible for the attack.

But Anonymous has denied any involvement: “For once, we didn’t do it,” they say. They say that outages are due to Sony’s own incompetence.

“While it could be the case that other Anons have acted by themselves, AnonOps was not related to this incident and does not take responsibility for whatever has happened,” Anonymous said.

PlayStation Network has more than 70 million PlayStation 3 and PSP users, and they have been waiting for more than 5 days for the service to come back online. Sadly, it doesn’t seem like much has happened since friday…

Here’s the latest update from Patrick Seybold, posted today at the PlayStation Blog.

“I know you are waiting for additional information on when PlayStation Network and Qriocity services will be online. Unfortunately, I don’t have an update or timeframe to share at this point in time.

As we previously noted, this is a time intensive process and we’re working to get them back online quickly. We’ll keep you updated with information as it becomes available. We once again thank you for your patience.”

And so, we wait…

(via IDG News)