May 11, 2011 / 4:53 PM / 7 years ago

Sony: hackers launched no new PlayStation attack

NEW YORK, May 11 (Reuters) - A security measure that Sony Corp (6758.T) (SNE.N) installed made the PlayStation website unavailable in Japan.

The company made a statement about the site on Wednesday after a Bloomberg report said the site was down because of a hacker attack.

Sony uses its PlayStation website to update the public about a break-in to its servers which compromised the personal data of more 100 million users. [ID:nN10109945]

The website is separate from the PlayStation Network, the online gaming hub where users can buy and download video games. It has been offline since April 19.

An earlier report by Bloomberg saying that hackers had attacked the PlayStation blog was incorrect, said Sony spokesman Dan Race in a statement.

“Media reports claiming that the US site and blog were partially disrupted because of hackers are false,” he said. “We installed a new security measure that has temporarily made the sites inaccessible to select regions outside of the US.”

    The report circulated through the Twitter online social network and was picked up by at least one news website.

    A Bloomberg representative was not immediately available for comment.

    Service to the PlayStation website is still disrupted in Japan, Race said, adding that Sony is working on getting it back online as soon as possible. (Reporting by Liana B. Baker. Editing by Robert MacMillan)

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