Although it has been widely reported that both the PSN and Xbox Live servers have been subject to a co-ordinated attack over the Christmas period, Sony has only just officially acknowledged the cause of its network’s problems.
A short blog post by Catherine Jensen, SCEA vice president for consumer experience, confirmed that “the video game industry has been experiencing high levels of traffic designed to disrupt connectivity and online gameplay” over the past 48 hours, and reiterated that PSN engineers are working to restore full network access for users.
The Lizard Squad group claimed responsibility for the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Christmas Day, which left Xbox and Playstation gamers unable to use their console’s online capabilities on one of the busiest gaming days of the year.
A member of the group, known as Ryan, told Sky News that they carried out the attack “mostly to raise awareness of the low state of computer security at these companies… and to amuse ourselves.”
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