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Dark Souls PC servers have been temporarily closed due to security issues

Published: 12:09, 23 January 2022
Bandai Namco
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From Software are currently investigating the most recent security flaws in Dark Souls games that allow attackers to take control of a player's PC.

A new hack exploit has been discovered in Dark Souls 3 which forced From Software to temporarily shut down the online component of the game. 

It's a pretty serious threat that basically allows the potential attacker to execute arbitrary code on a remote computer, which allows them to take control of the machine. Quite scary. 

Dark Souls streamers and Redditors have started reporting the issue to Bandai Namco and From Software who confirmed that they are aware of the issue and will be temporarily shutting down PvP servers for Dark Souls, Dark Souls 2 and Dark Souls: Remastered as the investigate and try to fix the issue.

"PvP servers for Dark Souls 3, Dark Souls 2, and Dark Souls: Remastered have been temporarily deactivated to allow the team to investigate recent reports of an issue with online services. Servers for Dark Souls: PtDE will join them shortly," they tweeted via Dark Souls Twitter profile.

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It's worth noting that only the PC servers have been shut down while the console PvP will work as intended. 

At the time of writing, it is not clear for how long the servers will be shut down. Hopefully, a fix will be deployed in the coming days. 

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