Xbox Live hack: Gamers better prepare themselves for another cyberattack against the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. Hacking group Phantom Squad has threatened to shut down both gaming services on Christmas Day, though reports are still unsure as to whether or not the hackers are capable of doing so.
News of the alleged cyberattack began after a series of unverifiable tweets from the group. A report from Kotaku infers that the tweets are merely “a bad call for attention.” Still, gamers cannot discredit such threats when taking into consideration what happened in the past.
Remember last year, when gamers woke up to find that Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network weren’t functioning due to what is termed as “distributed denial of service” (DDoS)? Xbox Live stopped working for an entire day; worse case for PSN, which was down for two days. A hacking group called “Lizard Squad” claimed responsibility for the downtime, citing Microsoft and Sony’s inability to make their system more secure.
These new holiday hackers had tweeted, “We are going to shut down Xbox live and PSN this year on christmas [sic]. And we are going to keep them down for one week straight #DramaAlert,” as per Fortune. The tweet has now been deleted. Phantom Squad had already made it clear that they have no affiliations with the previously notorious Lizard Squad.
Kim Dotcom, founder of Megaupload.com, had already issued this warning to Microsoft and Sony in order to avoid a PSN and Xbox Live hack:
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) December 14, 2015