The PSN outage has lasted a whole three days. Starting December 24 several gaming networks, including PSN, were bombarded by Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks, which overloaded servers and caused them to crash.
Sony has issued a response concerning the outage, urging patience while they continue to work on restoring the system. For some, the service is already back online. For others, you may need to wait a little longer.
“The video game industry has been experiencing high levels of traffic designed to disrupt connectivity and online gameplay,” Catherine Jensen, vice president of SCEA Consumer Experience wrote on the PS Blog. “Multiple networks, including PSN, have been affected over the last 48 hours. PSN engineers are working hard to restore full network access and online gameplay as quickly as possible.
“From time to time there may be disruptions in service due to surges in traffic, but our engineers will be working to restore service as quickly as possible.”
Hopefully this is the start of a turnaround for PSN. Other gaming networks, including Xbox Live, have begun climbing out of the red. Keep checking the AskPlayStation Twitter account and the PSN Status page for updates on PSN.