Hacked? Xbox and Ps Networks Each Go Down for Christmas

Hundreds of individuals reported Christmas Day issues on the Xbox Reside and Ps gaming networks, as a band of hackers took gleeful credit score.

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 Christmas Day, 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 obtained 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 and Ps responded Thursday saying they have been engaged on the issues and investigating.

"Having a troublesome time signing in?" learn a service alert on the Xbox help web page. "Don’t be concerned! We’re working to repair this immediately!"

"We’re conscious that some customers are reporting points accessing PSN this morning," learn a Tweet from the official Ps help account on Thursday. "Thanks in your endurance as we examine."

Ps is owned by Sony, the identical firm that launched "The Interview" on Thursday. The film, a few fictional try and kill North Korean Chief Kim Jong un, sparked controversy after hackers — with ties to North Korea, in response to the FBI — broke into the corporate’s servers and launched a trove of data.

Xbox is owned by Microsoft, one of many corporations which agreed the stream the movie regardless of threats of a 9-11-fashion assault by the unique hackers. Up to now there are not any indications that the 2 hacks are associated.

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— Tony Dokoupil

First revealed December 25 2014, 12:50 PM