One day after the PlayStation network was hit by a distributed denial-of-service attack by hackers; Xbox has been targeted as the next DDoS attack on Monday. Microsoft is confirming that gamers are experiencing connectivity issues as well as difficulties connecting to party chat in certain games. As with the weekend attacks, the hacker group Lizard Squad is taking credit for the Xbox Live outage.
Microsoft posted the following update to its Xbox Live server-status site:
“Hi Xbox members. Are you having trouble connecting to Party Chat on Diablo III on Xbox One and Xbox 360? Additionally, Xbox One users, are you experiencing server unavailability issues? Us too, but we’re working alongside our partner to get these issues fixed ASAP! We’ll keep you posted when we have more information. In the meantime, thanks for staying patient.”
"Lizard Squad" has been the group claiming responsibility behind the attacks that started over the weekend. Along with the PS Network, games such as Path of Exile, League of Legends, and Blizzard were also the subject of attacks from the group.
The F.B.I. has been brought in to investigate who is responsible for the attacks after the hacker group sent a message via Twitter to the CEO John Smedley of Sony claiming an explosive device was onboard his plane. The plane was inbound to San Diego from Dallas when the pilots received the message of the possible threat, and proceeded to route the plane to Phoenix where it was searched and deemed a hoax.
Smedley responded on Twitter afterwards by saying, "Yes, My plane was diverted. Not going to discuss more than that. Justice will find these guys."
Sony came out with a statement saying that none of the private information from its PS Network was compromised in the attack. Sony has since been able to bring the network back up from the weekend attack and released a message on Monday saying that the system was fully functional once again.
Update: PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network are back online, thanks for your patience and support: http://t.co/gSTUZbr6Wk— PlayStation (@PlayStation) August 25, 2014