Sony PlayStation Network Down! (UPDATED)

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Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) owners around the world are having some kind of trouble signing in into the online gaming service and problems in playing online games (reports say even offline), including game crashes and corrupted user data.

It’s still unclear what caused the problem but Sony said that it has suffered from a major ‘PSN error’ and is trying to address the issue.

Sony tweeted: “We’re aware that many of you are having problems connecting to PSN, and yes, we’re looking into it. Stay tuned for updates.”

The initial tweet was then followed:

“PSN status update: We’re narrowing down the issue and continue to work to restore service to all. Updates as soon as we have them.”

In their latest update, Sony confirmed that “slim” units (120/250 GB models) are now connecting normally.

“PSN status update (part 2): Readers/followers are confirming that “slim” units (120/250 GB models) are connecting normally.”

You can follow the Sony Playstation Network updates over at their twitter account. – SonyPlayStation.

UPDATE: Speculations of the cause of the problem is pointing to improper handling of leap years.

UPDATE 2:
The cause of the problem has been identified. Sony believe that the problem is “being caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system.”

They are also advising the non-slim PS3 owners not to use the system until the problem is fixed:

We hope to resolve this problem within the next 24 hours. In the meantime, if you have a model other than the new slim PS3, we advise that you do not use your PS3 system, as doing so may result in errors in some functionality, such as recording obtained trophies, and not being able to restore certain data.