After supporting Sony Pictures in the release of its controversial movie, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has become a target of hackers itself and its Xbox Live service was down yesterday because of these attacks. A hacker group, which calls itself ‘Lizard Squad,’ has undertaken responsibility for the attack.
Microsoft Corporation’s Xbox Live network was down because of some connectivity issues, as mentioned by the company. The company did release regular updates saying,
“Are you having a rough time signing in to Xbox Live? We’re working to get this figured out right away. We appreciate your patience.”
The connectivity problems disturbed all the three primary Xbox platforms including Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Xbox services on other devices.
The company did release an official statement adding that the Holiday season is always a busy one with millions of people trying to connect to the network and the Windows maker is taking every step to ensure better services for its customers.
As a matter of fact, the attack did affect both Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation network. PSN network released a similar statement saying that they are aware of the current connectivity problems and they are doing everything in their power to resume the services.
Lizard Squad, a hacker group, took responsibility of these attacks and in addition to the attacks, the group rejoiced its success on Twitter. According to experts, the group used its signature attack, DDOS, to overload and hence, shut down the servers. What is interesting is the fact that the group already warned these companies of similar attacks.
Earlier this week, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) joined hands with Sony Pictures to offer its latest movie depicting the assassination of the North Korean leader, The Interview. Sony Pictures received multiple threats from hacker groups and associated criminal institutions to ban the picture. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) also agreed to release the movie on its video platforms.
This article has been written by Prakash Pandey.