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Rock Band Network Creators site now back up

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The Creators site for Harmonix's Rock Band Network is back online after an extended outage due to an attack on the company's servers, the studio announced today.

Harmonix notified users in early April of an "apparent attack" on the servers for the Rock Band, Dance Central and Rock Band Network Creators sites. The studio restored service on the Rock Band and Dance Central sites a week later, and forced users to reset their passwords if they wanted to log in to their accounts.

Harmonix said at the time that the Creators website, where musicians can create Rock Band Network songs and connect with the RBN community, would remain offline for "just a bit longer." In a post on the Rock Band forums today, Harmonix web editor Christine Jandreau said the downtime lasted longer than the studio anticipated because of RBN's "deep integration with multiple third-party services."

Along with restoring service, Harmonix has beefed up security on the Creators site and built a new sign-in process that requires users to log in through a secure VPN gate. The company has sent unique passwords for the VPN to existing users by email.

The studio added that because of the downtime, it will take "a couple of weeks" for new songs to hit the RBN pipeline and appear in the Rock Band Music Store on Xbox 360. Harmonix ended its schedule of weekly DLC song releases in early April with Don McLean's "American Pie."