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Sony says it has beaten off the latest attack against its PlayStation Network – this time by the hacktivist group that calls itself the lizard Squad" – and insists all of the user information it stores is safe.

"The networks were taken offline due to a distributed denial of service attack. We have seen no evidence of any intrusion to the network and no evidence of any unauthorised access to users’ personal information," Sony said in a blog post.

"In light of today’s issue, the networks will not undergo the regularly scheduled maintenance, which was planned for Monday, 25th August. We will provide an update shortly for when the maintenance will be rescheduled."

Sony's network came under a sustained distributed denial of service attack over the weekend. While the gaming firm initially denied there were any problems, it then admitted that all was not well and the PlayStation Network was facing a serious onslaught.

A group tweeting under the moniker Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for the attacks against Sony and Xbox networks, and for calling in a fake bomb threat that grounded the American Airlines flight Sony Entertainment Online's chief John Smedley was on at the time. The FBI is investigating the latter incident.

The reptile gathering has also claimed to have taken down Microsoft's Xbox Live network, the Vatican City's website and that of Blizzard Entertainment, makers of World of Warcraft. In the latter two cases all seems well, but the Xbox Live network is suffering, according to its status page.

"Hi Xbox members. Are you having trouble connecting to Party Chat on Diablo III on Xbox One and Xbox 360? Additionally, Xbox One users, are you experiencing server unavailability issues?" it reads.

"Us too, but we’re working alongside our partner to get these issues fixed ASAP! We’ll keep you posted when we have more information. In the meantime, thanks for staying patient." ®

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