Hackers Aim DDoS Attacks at PSN, Xbox Live, and Other Services

Sony announced via the PlayStation Blog that the online service for its game consoles, PlayStation Network, is back online after a day-long outage caused by a targeted distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. PSN and Sony Entertainment Network returned to service at 3 a.m. ET. A statement on the PlayStation Blog from Sony explained that the system was taken offline because of the DDoS attack.

"We have seen no evidence of any intrusion to the network and no evidence of any unauthorized access to users' personal information," the statement added.

While Sony says that the service is back up some users are claiming that the Network is still down for them as of this writing.

An unknown hacker group took credit for the attacks and said that it was also attacking servers for Blizzard Entertainment, League of Legends and Path of Exile. No specific reason was given for the attacks. The group is allegedly targeting Xbox Live at the moment, with party chat and server unavailability issues plaguing Diablo 3 on both Xbox One and Xbox 360, but that core services are operational.

While all of these attacks are serious business, the scariest thing the group did was send a tweet that American Airlines Flight 362 from Dallas to San Diego had some sort of explosive device on board. That flight was diverted to Phoenix after the tweet. John Smedley, the president of Sony Online Entertainment, was aboard that flight along with 178 other passengers and six crew members.

Smedley later tweeted:

"Yes. My plane was diverted. Not going to discuss more than that. Justice will find these guys."

The FBI is currently investigating the fake bomb threat, according to ShackNews.

It is unclear if these are the same hackers that were targeting Eve Online and RuneScape on Friday.

Source: Polygon

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