Saturday 16 December 2017

Xbox Live and PSN services under attack

Xbox Live
Xbox Live

Emma Clark

Xbox Live services were disrupted last night with a hacker group called Phantom Squad taking credit. It may turn its efforts to PSN services next.

A group by the name of Phantom Squad is claiming credit for Xbox Live's outage late last night.

Prior to the network's issues, the group sent two ominous tweets. "Ok think about this... Xbox Live and PSN have millions upon millions of dollars... but do they use that money for better security?" it tweeted. It followed this up with "2,000 followers... ready for the second reason of our purpose?

A few hours later, normal service was resumed, something that Phantom Squad is also claiming credit for. "Lmao OF F***ING COURSE xbox live is back online we stopped the attacks," it wrote on Twitter.

It may soon turn its attention to the PlayStation Network. "PSN is next... RT if you don't want this to happen," the group tweeted. At the time of writing, PSN has not been affected.

This incident is similar to last year's disruption to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network services over Christmas by a group called Lizard Squad. At that time, two men were arrested shortly after the DDOS attacks, while a third was arrested during the summer.

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