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PlayStation Network attacked over the weekend
PlayStation Network attacked over the weekend
August 25, 2014 | By Kris Graft

August 25, 2014 | By Kris Graft
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Sony confirmed that its PlayStation Network was the subject of a distributed denial of service attack over the weekend.

The company said users’ personal information is secure, but the attack managed to make the online games service inoperative for a period of time over the weekend.

The online attack, claimed by a group called Lizard Squad, reiterates how in the world of online-centric games, even the services that are backed by the most resources are still vulnerable.

The same group of cyber-attackers also managed to get a plane carrying Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley diverted to a different location by tweeting a bomb threat to American Airlines. The FBI is looking into the matter.

As for PSN, the service is back up, and the company reiterated: “We have seen no evidence of any intrusion to the network and no evidence of any unauthorized access to users’ personal information.”

PSN experienced a well-known security breach in 2011, leading Sony to put new measures in place in order to protect users’ personal information.

The weekend's attacks weren’t limited to Sony’s services, according to reports. Blizzard’s Battle.net was also hit, along with Riot’s League of Legends and Grinding Gear’s Path of Exile, causing those services to go down.

All services are currently up and running normally.


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Benjamin Quintero
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I cant wait for school to finally start again...

John Maurer
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If what you suggest is true, and a group of young people did this on their summer vacation, then this would only underscore Sony's need to up the network security game.

Javier Degirolmo
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Gotta love how they were idiotic enough to do the bomb threat. Now they're guaranteed to get arrested. Good job.


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