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Sony denies data breach as its PlayStation Network is taken offline following cyber attack


By Stephen Lepitak, -

August 25, 2014 | 3 min read

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.

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.

No reason has yet been given for the attack.

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