Hacker Group Is Threatening To Take Out Pokemon Go

Posted: Jul 18 2016, 8:55am CDT | by , in News | Gaming


Hacker Group is Threatening to Take out Pokemon Go
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Hackers who were responsible for the Pokemon Go crash over this last weekend have now threatened that they will have a bigger attack against the app in about two weeks. The group, which is known on Twitter as PoodleCorp, claimed that they brought the servers down on Saturday using a Distributed-Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack that was similar to what happened to Sony's PlayStation Network and Xbox Live in 2014 on Christmas Day.

"Just was a lil [sic] test, we will do something on a larger scale soon," said Twitter user XO, who claims to be the leader of PoodleCorp.

A handful of hours later, the PoodleCorp account said: "August 1st #PoodleCorp #PokémonGo".

Server trouble isn't something new for the app, which seems to have suffered from high traffic volumes since the game first launched. Niantic Labs actually had to pause further releases until they can be sure that there won't be even more problems.

According to Niantic, the outage came because there were too many people downloading the app.

"Due to the incredible number of Pokémon Go downloads, some Trainers are experiencing server connectivity issues," said a message on Niantic's website over the weekend. "Don't worry, our team is on it."

But PoodleCorp, who works in conjunction with other hacking groups, says they were the cause.

The group of hackers, which has been called "a combined group of Lizard Squad and other members that weren't in groups to combine a super group for this summer", has previously taken credit for attacks on League of Legends and prominent YouTube video makers.

XO, the alleged PoodleCorp leader, told YouTube news channel Drama Alert: "Chaos is entertainment and we like making people angry."

"We will be taking down all of the servers of Pokémon Go all day long for 24 hours on August 1," he said.

They worked to overtake the servers by overwhelming then with traffic from virus-connected computers. If you want proof, they say that you can tell by the timestamps on their Tweets.

For those who are worried about the length of downtime, XO was blunt: "Find something else to do because if that's all you have to do you need a life."

Pokemon Go is hugely successful and it is unknown why someone would want to bring the game down, especially when there has been a lot of positive publicity surrounding it.

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