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PlayStation Network goes down, and hackers claim responsibility (update: it gets crazier)

Above: The PlayStation Network store.

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Sony PlayStation owners were in for a rude awakening today.

The PlayStation Network, Sony’s online service for its game consoles, has been down all morning in North America, leaving people with no way to play online.

A hacker group named Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for the attack, but its involvement hasn’t been verified yet. The group has apparently had a busy morning, as it has reportedly been involved in attacks on servers for Blizzard’s top games, including World of Warcraft, Diablo III, and Hearthstone, reports ShackNews.

Sony says its engineers are working on a fix, but it didn’t have an expected estimate for a solution at the time of this post.

Hopefully, this attack has only taken down PSN’s servers. Sony is likely doing everything it can to avoid a repeat of 2011’s infamous PSN hack, which revealed data from more than 12.3 million account holders.

Update: This is shaping up to be a truly baffling series of attacks. Lizard Squad also sent a bomb threat over Twitter to American Airlines regarding a flight that Sony Entertainment Online president John Smedley was on, Polygon reports. That plane ended up being diverted from its destination of San Diego to Phoenix.

Taking down computer systems is one thing, but now Lizard Squad is raising national security flags that most hacker groups typically avoid.

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21 comments
Austin Miceli
Austin Miceli

For all you lovely xbox idiots, xbox live went down as well to these hackers along with blizzard games and league of legends, so it wasn't just psn

Wendy Sue Buckleman
Wendy Sue Buckleman

ISIS (ISIL - to not offend a New Age Pagan community) said America would pay.

michael mullen
michael mullen

It's a DDOS Attack not a hack lol people get confused about that Lizard Squad aka hacking group said they were also behind the bomb scare threat that made the president of sony online entertainment plane to be rerouted 

Jimi Atherton
Jimi Atherton

Its not a game, the people have to shut it down!

Knux Miller
Knux Miller

Now there's been a bomb threat posted towards the plane carrying the SOE president. This is out of control

Bill Glendening
Bill Glendening

One of them had a time stamp from the UK, which is probably where they all are from.

Eshaan Sharma
Eshaan Sharma

Either for stealing user data for just for the thrill of the hunt I guess

Worrin Wolf
Worrin Wolf

Last time they did this it was down for almost a month. It's worst this time because everyone with PS4 is paying to use this service.

michael mullen
michael mullen

This is a different group last year's threat was a hack from *Anonymous* hacking group this year its just  DDOS Attack not hack the group behind this is said to be *Lizard Squad*

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