This holiday might prove to be a little less jolly for the people planning to pass the day of Christmas sipping eggnog and playing PlayStation with their friends online. PSN and XBOX Live servers could be down this Christmas, attackers have threatened. Considering that the hacker group, Phantom Squad, recently brought down Xbox Live to its knees with a very elaborate DDos attack. The hacker group since then has officially threatened PlayStation Network.
A DDos attack is an attack that targets the server by overwhelming it with a lot of traffic from multiple sources. It is a very difficult attack to deal with, both PSN and XBOX Live have had embarrassing incidents in the past with it. Often leading to arrests and apologies in the form of compensation. The infamous Lizard Squad attacked and brought down the PSN and Xbox live servers during the holidays last year. This group certainly seems inspired by them.
Phantom squad openly criticized PSN and XBOX Live quoting:
“PSN and Xbox Live… Companies that have millions of dollars… and don’t bother on working on security.”
When the tweet was met with criticism, they officially announced “Xbox Live #offline.” Coinciding with the reports of Xbox Live problems.
The group then threatened to take down PlayStation Network before their twitter account was suspended tweeting:
“PSN is next… RT if you don’t want this to happen.”
So we can expect the guys in charge of server maintenance of the PSN network to be working overtime during the holidays to try and keep the servers up. Although it does show the vulnerability of the servers but messing with game servers during the holidays is just bad. So, yeah PSN and Xbox Live servers could be down this Christmas.
What do you think about this pre-holiday drama? Does Sony and Microsoft need to spend more of their assets into cyber security? Leave all your thoughts in the comment below.
Source: Push Square