Lizard Squad took down again Sony PSN and Xbox Live networks

Pierluigi Paganini December 26, 2014

Hackers belonging to the Lizard Squad team have taken down at Christmas the online networks of both Microsoft Xbox Live and PlayStation network (PSN).

The Lizard Squad hacking team has taken down the online gaming networks of both Xbox Live and PlayStation at Christmas.

The attack does not come unexpected, unfortunately, the group Lizard Squad had already announced the offensive planned for Christmas.

It seems that the Xbox Live and the PlayStation network suffered a major DDoS attack, the circumstance is not new because both platforms were hit by the hackers earlier December.

Earlier December, the Microsoft’s Xbox Live servers were not reachable for 2 days, having a serious impact on Xbox Live users. A day after, the Lizard Squad team hit again the Xbox Live service with a DDoS attack and has announced other similar attack against the PSN services. On December 5, Xbox 360 users were not able to access the Xbox Live online service.

“Gamers planning to watch the  Game Awards on Xbox 360 were utterly disappointed to find their connections breaking intermittently.” reported a blog post on

Lizard Squad also claimed it took down several online games, including League of Legends and World of Warcraft.

Yesterday the users of PSN and Xbox Live networks have had an unpleasant surprise accessing the platforms, they were welcomed with offline status.

While visiting the PSN and Xbox Live page visitors were welcomed with offline status as reported in the images below:

Lizard Squad PSN Tango down

The Xbox network is now active, but many users still report problems.

Lizard Squad Xbox Tango down

The Lizard Squad team post the following message on Twitter through the account @FUCKCRUCIFIX claiming it took down Sony PlayStation online network.

The Lizard Squad hacking group, which took responsibility for the attack, claimed that they downed both Xbox and PlayStation Network (PSN), and won’t stop until they get 10,000 retweets.Lizard Squad PSN Tango down 2

During the night Lizard Squad continued to send tweets, some messages were requesting money to interrupt the attack on Xbox Live and PSN.

The popular hacking collective Anonymous and the groups of hackers Finest Squad announced support to Sony and Microsoft, it seems that they are cooperating with the FBI in the dismantling of the Lizard Squad.

anonymous vs Lizard Squad

Both Sony and Microsoft are “working hard” to fix the problems, the damage to their image is very serious.

Stay Tuned … … …

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Pierluigi Paganini

(Security Affairs –  Sony PSN, Microsoft XBox Live, Lizard Squad)

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