for Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox consoles — hot gifts this
Christmas — went dark in what hackers said was a coordinated attack.
Christmas Day and went into Friday, PlayStation and Xbox said on their
Twitter feeds, adding that they were working to restore service.
to the Xbox status page early Friday upgraded service to “limited” — a
sign that support teams were making inroads in fixing the problem.
group of hackers that has targeted Sony in the past, though it was not
possible to verify the Twitter account’s authenticity. The account did
not return request for comment and only became active Wednesday.
sophisticated hacking attack that stole massive amounts of data from its
servers. The US has blamed North Korea for the attack, with the hermit
state seen as furious at the release of a Sony movie comedy, “The
Interview”, which parodies leader Kim Jong-Un.
December 25 release of “The Interview”, Sony backtracked and brought it
out in a few US theaters and made it available online — including
through the Xbox console and, soon, the PlayStation.
account said Friday: “We’re aware that some users are having issues
logging into PSN – engineers are investigating.”
account wrote early Friday, a day after the difficulties began: “Our
engineers are continuing to work hard to resolve the network issues
users have experienced today. Thanks for your continued patience!”
we’re working to find a fix ASAP! We appreciate your patience in the
meantime, and we encourage you to retry signing in when you get a
chance. We’ll update you as soon as we know more,” the message said.
between “The Interview” and the service disruptions could not be
confirmed, some gamers were convinced a link exists.
forum said he was getting fed up with the game world’s vulnerability to
repeated denial of service (DDoS) attacks.
(truck) driver intentionally jackknifing his rig on a busy interstate
and shutting down traffic for a few hours,” said one gamer, who wrote
under the name “shadoefax.”