There are a few things you need to know concerning the current PlayStation Network outage.
The first has already been revealed through various sources, including the PlayStation Blog , and that is the following- Sony is working "around the clock" to get the Network back up and running, and this quote from SCEA Sr. Director of Corporate Communications Patrick Seybold explains the need to "rebuild the system:"
"We sincerely regret that PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have been suspended, and we are working around the clock to bring them both back online. 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."
The second involves the length of downtime. We're not sure if anyone bothered to call Sony, but when we did so, we were given an estimate: the PSN would be back by Tuesday evening at the earliest or next weekend at the latest. We have no doubt that Sony is working hard to get this resolved but to some, this downtime might be tough to follow.
As to all the indignation and widespread belief that we should be compensated for this temporary loss of the PSN, we're steering clear of that minefield.