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PlayStation Network could be down for days

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PlayStation 3 gamers who planned to spend some of their Easter break playing online multiplayer games will be disappointed to hear the PlayStation Network could be down for days.

Players attempting to sign in to the service are greeted with an error message.

There are reports the outage may have been the work of hacker group Anonymous. Sony confirmed the problem in its official blog and said there was an investigation underway.   

“While we are investigating the cause of the Network outage, we wanted to alert you that it may be a full day or two before we’re able to get the service completely back up and running,” the blog statement said.

“Thank you very much for your patience while we work to resolve this matter. Please stay tuned to this space for more details, and we’ll update you again as soon as we can.”

The error message PlayStation 3 users are greeted with when they try sign in

The PlayStation Network is where players log in to play multiplayer games online as well as access content like downloadable games, movies and music.

There have been times in the past when the PlayStation Network has been taken offline for short periods for maintenance or updates.

But this latest outage appears to be more severe with suspicions extending to Anonymous – a well-known hacker group.

Some are saying Anonymous launched this online attack in retaliation for lawsuits against users who cracked the PS3 software to allow it to be modified.

But the group has issued a statement on an online chat service saying: “NO, WE DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO PSN”.

It is unclear how long the PlayStation Network outage will last.

PlayStation 3 users will be unable to log in to PlayStation Network "for days".