Many gamers experienced frustration and disappointment yesterday when several major online gaming networks were taken offline as a result of DDOS attacks from a hacker group who call themselves the “Lizard Squad”. The two most significant victims were Sony's PlayStation Network as well as Blizzard's Battle.net. The hacker group posted on their Twitter to discuss the DDOS interruptions and expressed their thought's about Sony's “greed”.
After Sony was able to remedy the PlayStation Network, they took to their blog to announce the news and touch on what caused the downtime:
UPDATE: The PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network are back online and people can now enjoy the services on their PlayStation devices. The networks were taken offline due to a distributed denial of service attack. We have seen no evidence of any intrusion to the network and no evidence of any unauthorized access to users’ personal information.
In light of today’s issue, the networks will not undergo the regularly scheduled maintenance, which was planned for Monday, August 25. We will provide an update shortly for when the maintenance will be rescheduled.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused by this issue. Thanks for your patience and support.
Like other major networks around the world, the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network have been impacted by an attempt to overwhelm our network with artificially high traffic.
Although this has impacted your ability to access our network and enjoy our services, no personal information has been accessed.
We will continue to work towards fixing this issue and hope to have our services up and running as soon as possible.
We regret any inconvenience this may have caused.
This attack is a reminder of how badly a PSN compromise can result in after hackers were able to infiltrate the network and steal customer's sensitive data back in 2011. This previous incident was much more dramatic with PSN being down almost a month and resulted in legal action against Sony due to the personal data breach.
According to some reports, Xbox Live was also temporarily affected by DDOS although they were able to recover quickly enough that most players didn't experience any issues with the service.
Source: PlayStation Blog
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