Planetside 2: European servers compromised, password change required

Wednesday, 27th February 2013 00:34 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Planetside 2′s European servers have been compromised, and all users are strongly urged to change their login details.

In a statement sent to community members, Sony Online Entertainment encouraged users to secure their accounts as soon as possible.

“We have ascertained that there was recently unauthorized third-party access to one of our systems. The possibility that your data (Email address and password) has been accessed by an unauthorized third party cannot be excluded,” the publisher admitted.

“We were able to detect the problem promptly and took all necessary action to rectify the issue. Your account data is encrypted with us for your security. Nevertheless, we have decided to take preventative measures in order to ensure the highest degree of security.”

Any account affected by the unauthorised activity will be emailed and required to change their passwords. Some accounts will have been suspended as a result of SoE’s measures, but can be retrieved at this link.

“The security of your data is of paramount importance to us and we are continually working to ensure that our systems always comply with the most up-to-date security standards,” SoE promised.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and kindly ask for your patience and understanding.”

Sony Online Entertainment also came under cyber attack during the great rubber duck crisis and resulting hacking festival of 2011.

Thanks, CVG.



  1. SplatteredHouse

    Silly CVG! It has nothing to do with Sony, but ProSiebenSat, that were attacked. ProSieben run the European services for many SOE games.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. freedoms_stain

    When it emerged that ProSiebenSat.1 was handling PS2 in Europe the flood of horror stories about them was enormous.

    Looks like they’re living up to their reputation.

    Fortunately I still have an SoE PS2 account because I took part in the beta.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. NocturnalB

    I love PlanetSide… But Jesus Christ that game has been absolutely PLAGUED with hackers, cheaters, and grievers since before launch. Thankfully i personally haven’t had to experience any wrong doings to my account. But i have encountered more than a few players cheating/hacking their asses off. Seriously what kind of life do you have to lead where you’re only jollies in life are cheating at a free game for the sake of grieving others?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. OwnedWhenStoned

    @3 I have wondered this for years. What sort of person actually bothers to do this? I’ve been playing online since Battlefield 1942 and I’ve never figured cheaters out. Planetside 2 and BF3 have ruined online gaming for me to the extent that I don’t bother anymore. Single player only for me.

    #4 2 years ago

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