Millions of Xbox gamers last night found themselves frustrated with Xbox’s online service as Lizard Squad briefly took Xbox Live down through a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack. The hacker group claimed responsibility via Twitter around 8:35p ET last night.
Apparently, Lizard Squad felt they were being charitable this holiday season.
Microsoft will receive a wonderful Christmas present from us. — Lizard Squad (@LizardPatrol) December 2, 2014
The extent of the attack prevented some users from connecting to the Xbox Live service at all, preventing them from firing up Call of Duty and other multiplayer games, while others were able to log on in a limited capacity (like myself) but were unable to access friends lists and other stats.
This isn’t the first time gamers have faced attacks from Lizard Squad. Back in September the group targeted Sony’s Playstation Network, Destiny game servers, and various other gaming servers. Lizard Squad also indicated that this wouldn’t be their last attack either.
That’s a small dose of what’s to come on Christmas. #LizardSquad
— Lizard Squad (@LizardPatrol) December 2, 2014
The group then signed off for the night with a cryptic warning:
Whatever Lizard Squad’s beef with gaming companies is, it is currently unknown. However, they certainly aren’t gaining any favor with gamers by targeting gaming servers and other servers. Relief may be near though as Techworm.org, a security news site centered around information security, privacy and hacking news, and other related information, also reported that details of Lizard Squad team members.
Pastebin user going by the handle of Loadingexe today released a paste containing alleged personal details of the Lizard Squad team members. The Paste contains the complete details including phone numbers, addresses and email ids of 5 alleged members of Lizard Squad.
Were you affected by the DDoS attack on the Xbox Live servers last night? Let us know if you were and how you coped in the comments below, or on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter.Source: Techworm.org
Featured image composite; DDoS diagram courtesy Wikipedia.