Sony's PlayStation Network is still broken a week after it first failed, and the Japanese outfit is staying tight lipped about who or what caused the extended outage.
Hacking hive-mind Anonymous has repeatedly denied having anything to do with the latest failure, despite having claimed responsibility for previous DDoS attacks. Unfortunately for PS3 gaming fans, Anonymous is a loosely disorganised non-collective of disparate wings whose arse and elbow are virtual strangers.
The latest mutterings coming out of the blogosphere paint Sony as the villain of the piece once again, with some pundits suggesting that the global gaming outfit hit the panic button before the first shot was fired in the hacking war, and has continued to keep the network disabled in order to discredit and disenfranchise Anonymous and its followers.
Another rumour suggests that Sony is rebuilding the entire network to repel the tactics being used by hackers in light of the latest attacks.
Yet another suggests that the release of a new custom firmware for jailbroken PS3 consoles has allowed users to go beyond the ability to install homebrew software to play pirated games, allowing users access to functionality reserved for paying members of the official PS3 developer programme.
Because developers are trusted and tracked by Sony, the previously impenetrable developer servers are privy to some pretty hard-core information, including credit-card checking mechanisms, according to the rumours.
This is, of course, all conjecture and tittle tattle, and the only thing that's becoming crystal clear is that Sony really doesn't give a stuff about its millions of customers, and remains content to keep them in the dark about the failure of what many see as an essential service.
The latest from Sony came in the form of a short statement from Patrick Seybold which revealed next to nothing:
"I know you are waiting for additional information on when PlayStation Network and Qriocity services will be online. Unfortunately, I don’t have an update or timeframe to share at this point in time.
"As we previously noted, this is a time intensive process and we’re working to get them back online quickly. We’ll keep you updated with information as it becomes available. We once again thank you for your patience."
We guess an update of the situation saying that there's no update to the situation is better than no update at all.