Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks Sent Offline by Hackers

PlayStation 3 Wireless KeypadThe online store of Sony PlayStation and Xbox Live network of Microsoft have come under serious disruption on Christmas day which in all its appearance is a hacker attack on the companies.

Today is the second day that the hacker attack has resulted in millions of players on these most popular gaming networks not being able to access them.

Both Sony and Microsoft have acknowledged the outage and Microsoft has said that “We’re aware of this issue and we’re working to find a fix ASAP.”

A hacker group named Lizard Square appears to be behind these attacks. The group is known as a permanent nuisance for online gamers. DDOS method, in which servers are bombarded with useless requests, appear to be the method of attack.

Both Microsoft and Sony already expected heavy traffic on their networks because of the Christmas when new users and games traditionally lead to heavy network load.

In an online message posted by Microsoft the company has said: “Are you having a rough time signing in to Xbox Live? We’re working to get this figured out right away. We appreciate your patience.”

Similarly Sony has also requested for patience from its PlayStation Store users. “We are aware that some users are experiencing difficulty logging into the PSN,” a message from the company says.

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