Sony’s PlayStation Network, Microsoft’s Xbox Live Down Due to Denial of Service Attacks

Millions of gamers could not use their PlayStation 4 after an apparent cyber-attack at Christmas. (Chesnot/Getty Images)
Millions of gamers could not use their PlayStation 4 after an apparent cyber-attack at Christmas. (Chesnot/Getty Images)

If all you want for Christmas is some online video gaming, you may feel like you got coal in your stocking.

Online game networks Xbox Live and PlayStation Network have been offline much of Christmas Day in an apparent DDos (distributed denial of service) attack.

Taking credit for the takedown: a group called Lizard Squad, which previously claimed credit for August attacks on the PlayStation Network and online games World of Warcraft and League of Legends.

The network status Web pages for Xbox Live and PSN both list the networks as offline.

It caps off a rough holiday season for Sony, which saw its Sony Pictures subsidiary hit by a cyber-attack last month over the upcoming release of The Interview. A hacker group called the Guardians of Peace threatened a 9/11 type attack on theaters if the movie was shown.

Sony opted to pull the film after U.S. authorities determined North Korea was behind the cyber-attack. But the studio changed its plan and began making the movie available to independent theaters on Christmas Day.

The film can also be purchased and rented online via YouTube and other sites and services. Among those: Xbox Live.

We’re aware that some users are having issues logging into PSN – engineers are investigating — PlayStation (@PlayStation) December 25, 2014

SOURCE: USA Today
Mike Snider

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