Quite possibly the busiest gaming day of the year, especially for gamers unwrapping the latest console or game, has turned into a huge disappointment for many as it appears the hacker group Lizard Squad has resurfaced and has taken down both Xbox Live and the PSN gaming services.
UPDATE (11:55pm ET): It appears that Kim Dotcom has struck a deal with Lizard Squad to stop the attacks on the Xbox Live and PSN services.
Both Xbox Live and PSN were taken down briefly last night by a Twitter account labelled “Lizard Squad” but were quickly restored. Issues have resurfaced today as a few Twitter accounts are claiming they have taken the services down again asking for RT’s to restore service to both popular gaming services (please excuse the one Twitter tag).
— Lizard Squad (@FUCKCRUCIFIX) December 25, 2014
PSN AND XBOX STILL OFFLINE for about 50-70% of people RT if you want it back on Fav if you want it off 100%
— R.I.U. Jord YM051K (@GDKJordie) December 25, 2014
Many gamers breathed a collective sigh of relief earlier this month when another group calling themselves “Finest Squad” claimed to have taken out Lizard Squad and reported various members to the FBI. The recent DDOS attacks on Xbox Live and PSN linked to the Twitter accounts above indicate that Lizard Squad has resurfaced in one form or another.
According to downdetector.com, there are a number of other services that are facing outages as well. No word what the issues are or who, if anyone, is responsible or if it’s a side effect of the DDOS attacks by Lizard Squard. It definitely does seem odd that services like Steam, EA, 2K, and Netflix, as well as games like Call of Duty, Destiny, Simpsons Tapped Out, and GTA 5 are all having issues as well.
Unfortunately there’s nothing anyone can do, and we’re sure Xbox and Sony are both working hard to restore their gaming services. Personally I don’t see the logic or use of pissing of millions of gamers worldwide just to make a name for yourself, hopefully services will be restored soon so you can get back to enjoying your new holiday gifts. In the meantime, sounds like it’s time for some more of that good old holiday cheer and family time!