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Major hack against PlayStation and Xbox

Major hack against PlayStation and Xbox

Did you wake up bright and early on Christmas morning, rush downstairs, rip open your presents to find a brand new game for your Xbox or PlayStation? You were probably very disappointed when you popped it in and tried to log on to play online.

That's because hackers hit Sony and Microsoft - the makers of PlayStation and Xbox, respectively - with a massive DDoS attack. DDoS stands for Distributed Denial of Service. It basically means that Sony and Microsoft's online gaming networks - PlayStation Network and Xbox Live - were flooded with huge amounts of automated, artificial traffic.

It's as if hackers programmed millions and millions of little robots to all log on to the networks at the same time. The networks get bogged down and can't handle all that traffic, so the whole things crash and burn.

As of this morning, both PlayStation Network and Xbox Live are experiencing issues. Xbox Live is back up, but may have some slowness or lag. PlayStation Network is still officially listed as offline.

No, your personal information isn't at risk. DDoS attacks aren't designed to steal information or break any encryption. They're just massive nuisances, and sometimes can break important or critical infrastructure services. In this case, it's just a temporary outage of two of the world's biggest online gaming networks - on the biggest gaming day of the year.

So who's behind this heinous assault on our gaming infrastructure? A hacker group called Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility on Twitter:

Lizard Squad was also the group behind attacks on the PlayStation Network earlier this fall, as well as hitting World of Warcraft and League of Legends.

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Source: USA Today
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