New DDoS Threat Faces PlayStation Network and Xbox Live This Christmas

Meanwhile, Wii U can't even get attention from "hackers."
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Last year, both Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live were taken down on Christmas by a DDoS Attack—that is, a coordinated barrage of falsified incoming traffic on their servers. On a day when so many people will be opening brand new systems and trying to get online, that’s a huge problem, and now another group has threatened to make this year an equally blue Christmas.

“The Phantom Squad”—which appears to bear no relation The Lizard Squad, the group responsible for last year’s attack, other than being petulant jerkwads who take down gaming networks for fun—has already recently claimed responsibility for other, smaller scale outages of Xbox Live and Reddit.

The purpose of this copycat Christmas attack? Why to make a point about cyber security, of course!

Yeah! Show our corporate overlords how fast and loose they’re playing it with cyber security! What’s that? No, why would we do something that actually demonstrates how vulnerable our data is or anything? Let’s just crash video game networks at the worst possible time with the lowest common denominator of cyber attacks! That’ll show that we’re so smart about cyber security, and they’re so dumb! yeah!


Hopefully, Sony and Microsoft have learned from last year and done something to prevent this kind of attack. On the other hand, you might want to plug in that shiny new Xbox One or PlayStation 4 you bought for that special someone, download the latest updates, and make sure all the games are set up and ready to go before Christmas day. Just in case.

(via GameZone, image via Sony)

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