Several readers have noted that outages on Sony's PlayStation Network have prevented online play
for the past few days. The company has now blamed an 'external intrusion' for the trouble
, saying they took down the network to "conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services going forward." Some suspect an attack by Anonymous, who declared war on Sony
earlier this month, but Anonymous has disavowed knowledge of such an attack
. Meanwhile, others are asking whether Sony should compensate users
for the inability to play PS3 multiplayer modes, and even single-player modes
on a few downloadable games.