Hacked? Xbox Again On-line, Whereas PlayStation Down One other Day

Microsoft’s Xbox Stay was "up and operating" on Friday whereas Sony Corp’s PlayStation remained offline for a second day — even because the group that claimed it introduced down each providers simply in time for Christmas stated it had stopped the alleged cyber assault.

The gaming 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. The issues continued on each techniques into Friday, enraging many customers — however particularly these on the nonetheless-struggling PlayStation community.

"Rumbling previous 50 hours now," one gamer wrote on Twitter. "Day two of proudly owning a $350 piece of plastic," wrote one other. "No web, no log in, no nothing."

A hacker group referred to as "Lizard Squad" gleefully claimed duty for knocking the providers offline, saying on Twitter on Thursday that it had overwhelmed Sony and Microsoft’s servers with bogus consumer visitors. On Friday, nevertheless, it claimed the cyber assaults had stopped.

"Confirming once more that we’re not attacking PSN or XBL, nor are any members," Tweeted a self-recognized member with the deal with "Lizard Mafia."

PlayStation scrambled to resolve the issues late Friday, as Sony tried to rebound from a devastating earlier hack associated to its film, "The Interview," which debuted on Thursday. Xbox is owned by Microsoft, one of many corporations which agreed the stream the movie regardless of threats of a Sep 11-type assault by the unique hackers.

However safety specialists downplayed the prospect of a hyperlink between the brand new hack and the final one. "I do not see any type of connection to the unique hack," Hemu Nigan, an SSP Cyber Safety marketing consultant, informed NBC’s Nightly Information. "Keep in mind, they did not truly steal something, no knowledge. All they did was flip the lights off."

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