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Massive DDoS attack affecting PSN, some Xbox Live apps (update)

Battlefield 1, Destiny, GTA Online affected on PlayStation

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A major distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that has been causing issues across the internet since this morning is affecting gaming services such as the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, according to their status pages.

Sony is having serious trouble operating the PlayStation Network right now — its status page shows red lights for every service, meaning that they’re all “experiencing issues.” The problems are affecting every platform: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, the web and “other.” Companies like Bungie (Destiny), Rockstar Games (Grand Theft Auto Online), Blizzard Entertainment (Overwatch) and Electronic Arts (Battlefield 1, which launched today) are acknowledging that their players on PS3 and PS4 are having trouble logging in and playing.

The overarching Xbox Live service appears to be running normally, but certain apps are having issues. The problems are confined almost entirely to the Xbox 360, with broken apps including Fox News, NBA Game Time and OneDrive. On Xbox One, though, the apps that aren’t working right now are major ones: the Blu-ray Player and Skype.

Of the three major platform holders, Nintendo seems to be escaping unscathed — all servers are operating normally, according to the Nintendo Network status page. On the PC side, Steam isn’t having any issues out of the ordinary.

The DDoS attack was made on Dyn, a DNS firm that serves some of the web’s biggest names. The assault on Dyn’s servers left services like Netflix, Twitter and Spotify — and websites such as Polygon and other Vox Media properties, Reddit, and CNN — unable to load properly. While some of the issues have subsided, they don’t appear to have been resolved completely yet.

Update: As of 3:43 p.m. ET, Dyn is “continuing to investigate and mitigate” the attacks. We’ve also edited the article above to include other affected games.

Update 2 (7:15 p.m. ET): The PlayStation Network has returned to being fully operational, according to its status page, and Dyn’s incident report says the issue has been resolved as of 6:17 p.m. ET. However, some Xbox Live apps are still having problems for now.

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