Hackers Are Attacking PSN And Xbox Because Christmas Spirit Is Dead

Since late last night, it looks like a bunch of hackers have been attacking the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live online gaming services. Merry Christmas 2014, everyone!

The PSN status page is currently listing its services as online, although the official Twitter support page acknowledges that some users "may be having issues logging in". The Xbox Live page, on the other hand, says that the logon service is currently unavailable. Or, in simpler terms, if you want to use the internet capabilities of your Xbox right now, you're shit out of luck. https://twitter.com/hashtag/Xbox?src=hash

The 'Lizard Squad' hacking group is currently taking responsibility, claiming that they downed both services, and won't stop until they get 10,000 retweets on one of their inane ramblings. The stated method of hacking is Old Faithful — a Distributed Denial of Service, which involves flooding a network (or, normally, some piece of critical infrastructure) with more traffic than it can handle. In this case, it looks like the logon systems are the weak point, since both PSN and Xbox Live are reporting that users are having trouble signing in.

Lizard Squad's credibility is enhanced by the fact that they have been teasing their plans to bring down PSN and Xbox Live since early December. They're also the same group that used a bomb scare to divert a plane carrying Sony Online's president back in August.

Whether they're actually responsible for the attack, or if it's just a spotty teenager claiming responsibility is a little hard to work out. Either way, both Sony and Microsoft have just said that they're "working hard" to fix the problems, and normal gaming service should be resumed soon.

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    Maybe it's not a attack at all?
    Maybe it's just that a whole lot of people got games (and/or consoles) for Xmas? So Sony & Microsoft blame the script kiddies when the online services are not up to it.

    This is one of the unfortunate side effects of modern gaming and it's heavy reliance on the internet. It's times like this where I'm glad I mostly play single player or split screen multiplayer.

    Do these hackers have nothing better to do? Isn't there some worthy cause that they could actually use their talents for instead of disrupting innocent users?

      This is what happens when parents refuse to turn the power off and make little Johnny and Janey go out side and play.

    My PSN was down this morning, then I went outside.

    The trouble with the Xbox One is that while it still "functions" offline as promised, it's also apparent that they only adjusted a select number of things to allow this (likely in time to still release).

    An example is achievements. On 360, notifications were instant or (close to), whereas on Xbox One they won't even appear unless your online. Another example is that it appears by default that offline gameplay with downloaded titles isn't allowed, unless you set the Xbox specifically to being a home console (something you have to do while first being online).

    While i'm unlikely to play the console today anyway, it's times like this that I miss the 360, as IT feels more advanced as far as overall gaming functionality goes (and it seems Microsoft aren't going to do all that much to bring it more in line either).

    I like chocolate

    Can we please stop calling these idiots "hackers"? They are not hackers. They do nothing resembling hacking. They run scripts written by others. That is all.

    A new born chimpanzee could do the same thing.

      think you and everyone else (currently inconvenienced; bitching & moaning) kind of missed the entire point..its not about shitting on everyones christmas.. How about reading a book

    Oh well, good time to play the Mega drive.

    I just want to play ps4 with my friends...

      At least you have friends to play online with lol I play solo and I've been bored all day!

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