Sony Online Entertainment Service Taken Offline
Sony Online Entertainment’s gaming service, Station.com, has been temporarily taken offline. Just as PSN is scheduled to begin coming back online this week, this downtime comes in response to an issue discovered during an investigation regarding the recent attack on the SOE service.
By now you’ve likely heard all about the attack on Sony’s PlayStation Network which resulted in an intruder gaining access to PSN users’ personal data and possibly credit card information. Just yesterday Sony announced a “welcome back” program that will reward PSN for their patience with 30 days of PlayStation Plus membership and some free downloads, among other things. Certain aspects of PSN (including online gaming and friends lists) are scheduled to go back online this week.
Following an admission of the breach, it was noted that SOE — which operates online games on PC and PS3 like DC Universe Online, Free Realms, and Everquest — had briefly gone offline “due to an external attack.” An investigation was said to be underway along with a reassurance that it believed no personal information was stolen in the attack. Today’s notice that Station is offline could be cause for alarm, but at this point anything that can be said about it would be purely speculation. SOE revealed a plan last week to make up for the service interruption.
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