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Sony PlayStation Network Down for Fifth Day; No Timetable for Return

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Services have been suspended since April 20 due to "an external intrusion."

Sony’s PlayStation Network and Qriocity remain down on Monday without new information about the cause of the problem or an indication of when the online services might resume.

“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,” Patrick Seybold, senior director, corporate communications & social media, wrote Monday morning on the PlayStation blog. “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.”   The services were suspended on April 20, due to “an external intrusion on  our system,” Seybold explained in an earlier post.   Over the weekend, he further explained on the blog: “Our efforts to resolve this matter involve re-building our system to further strengthen our network infrastructure. Though this task is time-consuming, we decided it was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security.”   During Sony’s Consumer Electronics Show press conference in January, Howard    Stringer reported that the Playstation Network had more than 60 million registered accounts.   In related news, Nintendo on Monday revealed plans to launch a successor to its Wii console during 2012, which would be unveiled at the E3 Expo in June.