Sony has denied that its PlayStation Network and Entertainment Network was subject to a data breach after it was forced offline by a DDoS attack on Sunday 24 August.
It took several hours for Sony to correct the issue to the service, which may have also affected those attempting to access online games such as Path of Exile, after it was attacked by a group called The Lizard Squad.
— Lizard Squad (@LizardSquad) August 24, 2014
Network update: our engineers are aware of the issues and are working to resolve them. We'll keep you posted - sorry for the inconvenience — PlayStation (@PlayStation) August 24, 2014
Within hours, Sony released a statement to state that the network was back online for PlayStation users to gain access to once again.
“The networks were taken offline due to a distributed denial of service attack. We have seen no evidence of any intrusion to the network and no evidence of any unauthorized access to users’ personal information,” the statement added.
“In light of today’s issue, the networks will not undergo the regularly scheduled maintenance, which was planned for Monday, August 25. We will provide an update shortly for when the maintenance will be rescheduled. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused by this issue. Thanks for your patience and support,” it continued.
Network service is currently returning for PS3 and PS Vita users, but you may experience slowness or login issues as the network stabilizes
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) August 25, 2014
Update: PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network are back online, thanks for your patience and support: http://t.co/gSTUZbr6Wk — PlayStation (@PlayStation) August 25, 2014
No reason has yet been given for the attack.