PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and Battle.net All Under Weekend DDoS Attack
Sunday was not a good day to try to game online. A group (or person) referring to themselves as Lizard Squad launched a series of DDoS attacks against a whole host of online gaming networks. Among those affected were the PlayStation Network, Blizzard’s Battle.net, and Xbox Live among others.
ShackNews reported that the attack started on Saturday evening when Lizard Squad launched a DDoS attack against Battle.net that took down a number of games including Hearthstone, Diablo III and others.
From there, they moved onto launching similar attacks against League of Legends and Path of Exile before DDoSing the PlayStation Network. While many people immediately had flashbacks to the PlayStation Network hack of 2011, it wasn’t an outright hacking of the Network this time. Sony Online Entertainment also came under attack which saw Planetside 2 go down. By Sunday afternoon, Lizard Squad had moved on to Xbox Live and Dota 2 servers.
In addition to the DDoS attacks against those networks, Lizard Squad also tweeted threats against a flight that had SOE President John Smedley on-board. The flight was diverted and investigated by no evidence of explosives was found. However, a threat against an airplane, even if fake, has brought in the FBI to investigate. A representative for SOE told Shacknews that the situation was “a matter of national security.”
As of writing, most of these services are back up Xbox Live was still in recovery mode and Battle.net was taken back down after an overnight recovery. The Dota 2 servers were a late Sunday evening attack so Valve hadn’t issued a statement as of writing.
It also may not even be Lizard Squad who are doing the DDoSing. Another person going by the name Fame has claimed responsibility for the attacks and gone on the offensive against Lizard Squad for trying to take credit for his work.