Hacked? Xbox Again On-line, Whereas PlayStation Community Stays Down

Microsoft’s Xbox Reside was "up and operating" on Friday whereas Sony Corp’s PlayStation remained offline for a second day after a hacker group claimed duty for attacking the 2 Web gaming providers.

Hundreds of individuals on Christmas Day reported issues with each gaming methods, and Microsoft and Sony stated they have been scrambling to repair the issue. "Some customers have been unable to sign up to Xbox Stay. Our groups labored to resolve the difficulty," Microsoft informed CNBC on Friday.

The networks, which permit customers of the favored consoles to play the video video games with a wider on-line group, first crashed on Wednesday night and the issues endured into Friday morning, enraging many customers — however particularly these powering-up new machines from Santa Claus.

A hacker group referred to as "Lizard Squad" claimed duty, saying on Twitter that it toppled each networks with so-referred to as distributed denial of service assaults. The tactic includes overwhelming Sony and Microsoft’s servers with sudden — and bogus — consumer visitors. "Jingle bells jingle bells xbox acquired ran," the group wrote on Twitter Thursday, including an identical line about Sony. "oh my enjoyable it’s to troll of you morons … hey!"

Xbox did not particularly tackle the hacking claims Friday. A tweet from the official Ps help account stated engineers have been nonetheless working onerous to resolve the issues and thanked customers for his or her endurance. Ps is owned by Sony, the identical firm that launched "The Interview" on Thursday. Xbox is owned by Microsoft, one of many corporations which agreed the stream the movie regardless of threats of a 9-11-type assault by the unique hackers. There have been no quick indications the incidents have been associated.

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— Tony Dokoupil, with Reuters
First revealed December 25 2014, 12:50 PM