UPDATE – Monday, 08/25/2014 by Karthik:
Sony’s Playstation Network was back online on Monday, and representatives from Sony say that the attack did not involve or compromise the information of any users.
The hacker team Lizard Squad that claimed responsibilities for the attack on Sunday said that attack was meant to pressure Sony to spend more of its profits on the Network.
Early this morning, the PlayStation Network went down in North America, one day ahead of the maintenance scheduled, due to a Denial of Service attack (DDoS).
John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment, confirmed the attacks in a tweet, while the official @PlayStation twitter stated that they are aware of the situation and are currently working to resolve the issue.
We are under attack by a large scale ddos. Being dealt with but it will impact games until its handled.
— John Smedley (@j_smedley) August 24, 2014
A team of hackers called Lizard Squad is taking credit for this attack on the PlayStation Network. At 10:29 AM today, they posted a tweet to their account about a bomb on American Airlines flight 362 in which Smedley was flying.
— Lizard Squad (@LizardSquad) August 24, 2014
The flight was then diverted from its path to San Diego to a halt at Pheonix. After further checks, it departed to San Diego at 1PM Eastern, according to American Airlines.