Sony Online Entertainment PC Gaming Site Down: PSN Connection?

We’ve been bringing you all the news about the Sony PlayStation Network outage, which has caused huge controversy over the last week or so. News today though is that Sony Online Entertainment has also been affected by what happened to the PSN and that means the PC game site is now also down.

Just in the last day or so we told you about the Sony apology regarding the PSN hacking and the fact that services would be resumed from this week. We also asked if any good would come of the saga, gamers’ reactions to the outage recovery and then earlier today told of mixed reports that the PlayStation Network had started to be restored in Japan. Just as everything appeared to be getting back to normal with Sony, Dean Takahashi over on Venture Beat now tells how Sony Online Entertainment, the PC online gaming division, has now been taken down.

This has resulted from Sony’s investigation into the PSN hacking attack that led to the outage with Sony saying that it has, “discovered an issue that warrants enough concern for us to take the service down effective immediately.” The shutdown of the PSN affected over 70 million users and now millions more will be affected by what Sony calls a “temporary” service shutdown of the SOE service, Station.com. An update on the situation is expected later today.

Meanwhile Gamepro also reports on this situation and notes that the intrusion into SOE, the MMO arm of Sony, apparently occurred at the same time as the PSN intrusion. However, at the time it was believed that the two systems were separate enough to ensure that SOE subscriber’s personal data was safe. It seems that there is only one game that connects SOE and PSN directly and that is the DC Universe Online PS3 version.

We reckon Sony’s woes will deepen further if SOE users have been affected by the security breach, especially if it’s found that SOE has been affected in the same way as PSN but was allowed to remain up and running. What do you think about this latest Sony development? Let us know with your comments.

  • Just Saying

    It just never ends does it?

  • Dave

    I'm a Star Wars Galaxies player. If my personal information has been stolen and they've not realised until now, then I'll be cancelling my accounts with them and never using them again for anything. They clearly can't be trusted to keep our information safe and sound. A global giant in gaming has just been outed as a group of rank amateurs

  • Dave

    What also adds insult to injury is that I've had no 'official' notification by SOE via email explaining what's happening! I only found out because I tried to login to the Station Forums to browse. All the info I've gathered has been from media sources such as this

  • Tabby wabby

    I play Socom confrontation With many m8s online PSN 8) But the complete shutdown has caused much stress for gamers who play online… sony dragging there heels now ,, Come on sony 8) I would rather play safe knowing i'am protected lool
    R.I.P. all hackers & cheats

  • Alexis

    I would like to say is I play Call of Duty:Black Ops with my bestest friend ever and since i cant play me and him have been stressed out alot becuase of this. I am jut hoping that PS3 fixes their network so that we can play again cuz i kick butt in Zombies!! nd i hve the new map call of the dead!!!!!! 😀