Sony Online Entertainment shuts down services due to ‘concerning issue’

Sony Online Entertainment today suspended its network operations — including its games, websites, and Facebook projects — as a result of a ‘concerning issue’ discovered during an investigation into the recent PlayStation Network security breach.

"We have had to take the SOE service down temporarily," reads a brief statement on the SOE website. "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."

SOE last week stated that its customer data was unaffected by the PlayStation Network data breach. "We have been conducting a thorough investigation and, to the best of our knowledge, no customer personal information got out to any unauthorized person or persons," said a Sony representative on the SOE forums.

SOE promised to provide an update later today.