PSN will be down until May 31st at the earliest

A Sony spokesperson has confirmed that the company's PlayStation Network will be down and out until at least May 31st.

Speaking to Bloomberg, Sony's Shigenori Yoshida said that the company was uncertain when services would be fully functional but that a 'plan to restart the services' on May 31st was still in place.

The Japanese electronics giant is currently working around the clock to repair its shonky security which was breached by hackers on April 20th. Even if the planned date isn't shifted once again, as it has been several times already, the entire network will have been broken for 41 days come May 31st.

The latest theory is that a rogue splinter cell from many-headed hacking hydra Anonymous was responsible for the action which led to Sony pulling the plug, but there are about as many theories out there as there are hacked accounts, which currently stand close to the 100 million mark.

The entire staff here at thinq_ can't remember a single occasion of any network service being taken down for more than a month for any reason, and we have a fair few years between us.

Sony likes to break records but we can see the company's directors being less than delirious once this hits the pages of the Guinness Book.