first_imgDC Universe Online, Star Wars: Galaxies, Free Realms, and EverQuest players will all have a lot of extra time on their hands now that Sony has pulled the plug on the SOE (Sony Online Entertainment) gaming network temporarily. The decision was made and announced as part of a short statement on Sony’s site which explains that taking SOE down is part of the ongoing investigation into the PlayStation Network security breach from late last month.As a result, this means that the sites for each of Sony’s major massively multiplayer online RPGs and the authentication servers for those games are all offline. Players of titles like the ones mentioned as well as Pirates of the Burning Sea, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, and even the Facebook game Fortune League will all be unable to play their favorite games until Sony brings the system back online.AdChoices广告The ongoing investigation into the PSN hack and exactly how much data of the 77 million PlayStation Network members has been lost is ongoing. Sony had previously said that SOE users weren’t affected by the attack, and hasn’t changed that story at all – but the decision to bring down SOE temporarily can’t mean good things for SOE gamers or their personal data.The statement on Sony’s site reads: “We have had to take the SOE service down temporarily. In the course of our investigation into the intrusion into our systems we have discovered an issue that warrants enough concern for us to take the service down effective immediately. We will provide an update later today (Monday). We apologize for any inconvenience and greatly appreciate your patience.”Whether or not the damage is still spreading and Sony is uncovering more issues in the wake of the original attack remains to be seen. There’s no doubt Sony would like to update its community later on Monday only to say service is restored and they’ve determined no data was lost, but bringing the environment offline is a big step just to prove that. Unfortunately, it’s possible we haven’t seen the end of Sony’s security woes just yet.Read more at (SOE) via BBC Newslast_img

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