Excerpt: "When the PlayStation Network went down, Sony initially said nothing, probably assuming that the gaping hole in their security could be easily patched. When it became clear that this security problem wasn’t going to be fixed by the time the Easter weekend was fixed, they fessed up and stated that there was an “external intrusion”. A corporate way of saying, “we’ve been hacked”, but it at least told people that PSN was attacked and that they were going to try to fix the problem.
Except, that was a half-truth as well.
When Sony made that statement, the wide assumption was that it was just another Denial of Service attack, much like the one Anonymous did on PSN back in April 5. That assumption didn’t sit well with knowledgeable gamers, because a DDOS attack wouldn’t take such a long time to combat; the DDOS attack on April 5 lasted less than half a day. Something else was going on."