If you are having problems connecting Xbox One or PlayStation to their respective networks, you are not alone. Both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network have been suffering an outage since last night, and a hacker group named Lizard Squad has taken responsibility for the outage. Also Read - Beware! Chinese hackers targeting State Bank of India (SBI) users with phishing scams, more
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— Lizard Squad (@FUCKCRUCIFIX) December 26, 2014
Lizard Squad claims that it performed DDoS attacks on both the networks. This attack essentially overloads a network with a huge amount of bogus traffic that leads to crashes. Both Xbox and PlayStation teams have acknowledged the issue with some core issues, and assure they are working to restore the respective networks. Lizard Squad is the same hackers group that breached the PlayStation Network and Blizzard in August earlier this year.
We’re aware that some users are having issues logging into PSN – engineers are investigating
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) December 25, 2014
When the network is down, users can’t play against each other over the web or access apps that require online access. The outage has affected the new users the most who purchased the console on the Christmas Eve, as a user is required to first connect to the network to set up their gaming console for the first time.
It appears Lizard Squad has for now stopped the attack on the networks after being offered gifts worth several hundred dollars. Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom offered 3,000 premium accounts, and Lizard Squad quickly acknowledged it saying they had backed off.
Some of the apps and services seem to be back in the working condition, but the core services of both the Xbox Live and PlayStation Network are still facing issues.