If you had trouble logging into Pokemon GO on Saturday, you might've blamed it on server issues that have been common since the game's launch. However, a hacking collective is claiming responsibility for this particular slowdown, saying that it brought the servers down with a DDoS attack.
The collective, known as PoodleCorp, took credit over on Twitter for the reported attack. This is the same group that claimed responsibility for a series of hacks on YouTube personalities' accounts last month.
— PoodleCorp (@PoodleCorp) July 16, 2016
Just was a lil test, we will do something on a larger scale soon .
— XO (@xotehpoodle) July 16, 2016
Of course, this can still be attributed to those widespread server issues players have been experiencing over the past week and a half. The official Pokemon GO Twitter acknowledged the server issues and said it was working to repair them.
Trainers! We have been working to fix the #PokemonGO server issues. Thank you for your patience. We'll post an update soon.
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) July 16, 2016
We've reached out to Niantic for comment and will update when we hear back.
Update: Many Twitter users are reporting that the app is back online. No word on if this is the case across the board.