PlayStation Network Under The Same DDoS Attack By Two Rivals
PlayStation Network (PSN) is a network endorsed by Sony that allows users to connect to the Internet and play multiplayer games against each other through PlayStation consoles.
Last Sunday, gamers across the world experienced a disrupted network and were unable to obtain PSN’s services because of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack by a hacker group.
DDoS attacks involve sending massive nonsense traffic to servers of intended hosts to saturate the load capacity. The main goal of these types of attacks are not to meddle with or access the system itself, but to actually reduce the company’s traffic by targeting the network.
However, Sony is now declaring it has recovered from maintenance after the attack and is up and running. Initially, PlayStation users could not get online for hours; and Sony claimed it was down for maintenance. After a few hours, the company later revealed on its blog that the service was down due to a DDoS attack (though directly not stated as such):
Like other major networks around the world, the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network have been impacted by an attempt to overwhelm our network with artificially high traffic.
Within hours, Sony announced that PSN was successfully back online:
The PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network are back online and people can now enjoy the services on their PlayStation devices. The networks were taken offline due to a distributed denial of service attack. We have seen no evidence of any intrusion to the network and no evidence of any unauthorized access to users’ personal information.
Who is the criminal behind this setback? A hacker group, going by the name of “Lizard Squad” has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Moreover, this squad has also been incriminated in bomb threats made to American Airlines, which had the president of Sony Entertainment Online, John Smedley, on board as well. These threats led to the flight being diverted for safe exit of the passengers. As soon as the flight took off, Lizard Squad tweeted directly to the airlines:
As if dealing with one hacker group was not enough, a rival group arrived at the party claiming responsibility for the attack, later on Sunday. Fame, the alleged group, even took to posting screen shots of the attack and YouTube videos; criticizing Lizard Squad for taking credit.
Apparently, both of these rival groups are as bent on taking the other party down as they are with taking major companies down. Just a few hours after the attack on PlayStation Network, Lizard Squad and Fame are moving onto targeting Xbox with their tweets claiming similar intentions:
Such attacks on online servers are rapidly becoming rife now, with the hackers getting away with their claims of unearthing failures in data protection and security of the companies.