PSN, XBL, Blizzard and more affected by DDOS attacks

News Aaron Birch 25 Aug 2014 - 07:51
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It's happened again, DDOS attacks have taken down online gaming services over the weekend...

In the early hours of Sunday (US time), Sony's PSN was hit by a DDOS attack that eventually took the service offline, meaning players couldn't sign in to PSN, in turn preventing access to various games. Blizzard's Battle.net was also hit, and Xbox Live was affected as well. Sony was keen to point out, however, that no personal information has been accessed by the attack.

The PlayStation blog posted an official update:

“Like other major networks around the world, the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network have been impacted by an attempt to overwhelm our network with artificially high traffic.

Although this has impacted your ability to access our network and enjoy our services, no personal information has been accessed.

We will continue to work towards fixing this issue and hope to have our services up and running as soon as possible.

We regret any inconvenience this may have caused.”

A group calling itself 'Lizard Squad' claimed responsibility for the attacks (although this was disputed, with another hacker also claiming responsibility), with no solid reason for the attack really being conveyed. So, we can just put it down to wanting to inconvenience gamers everywhere.

As well as the digital attacks, a bomb threat was called in pertaining to SOE President, John Smedley's flight. The plane he was on was re-routed following the threat. The FBI is now investigating.

At the time of writing, PSN seems to be back up and running, including on PS4, but be aware that the scheduled PSN maintenance will still be going ahead at 9:40am PT through to 4:50pm PT.

Xbox Live should also be okay, but there are reports of some users still having issues.

Battle.net is up and running as normal too, it seems.

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