We are aware of this issue and working to remedy it as soon as possible.
Thanks for your patience,
Also, on the launcher login screen:
We are currently experiencing difficulties with the Account server. During this time players will be unable to log into the server. We are currently working to bring the account server back up as swiftly as possible, and apologize for the inconvenience to you. Please keep an eye on this thread to be notified of any updates, and the eventual resolution of the problem. Thank you, The Cryptic Support Team.
The servers are no where near fast enough. They are completely overworked and for some reason Cryptic seams to be ignoring this. They need to add more servers or upgrade the ones they have or upgrade their network. Personally I get stuck on the server not responding screen for over 5 minutes, many times I can't attack, can't use powers, can't even pick up items. It gets so bad that my ship or character jumps forward and back. They need to open their eyes and stop worrying about new content until they fix the game and servers so that we can actually play the game. This was a problem even before the new content so why hasn't it been fixed?