Xbox Live Online Once More After the Outage

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xbox live goes offline hacked
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Microsoft Xbox live is online again. It had been unavailable to users in the United States and in Canada following an outage on Monday at around 8 pm E.T.  A Hacker group known as the Lizard Squad  claimed the responsibility of the attack.

The lizard Squad claims to have DDOsed the server. They also tweeted, “ That’s a small dose of what is to come on Christmas #LizardSquad”  and that the Microsoft would receive a wonderful gift from them on Christmas. The group seems to be promising more mayhem to come in the following days through their tweets. It had also claimed the credit for causing the outage of the online only game Destiny. The late October saw it go down for a whole 4 hours. They have also taken the credit for disabling Battle.net and many other services this year.

The attack used a method known as Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS). This form of attack bombards the server with requests and the server becomes unable to respond to genuine users requests. Xbox 360 users were completely offline and Xbox One users could sign in, but were unable to view their friends list. Xbox Support page was also disabled and the page displayed a run-time error.

The Lizard Squad threatened more attacks on Xbox, Playstation and such at Christmas time. They have not released an official statement specifying the reasons behind their actions. It is unknown if they are trying to make a point, are protesting something or for a cause.

Millions of users were unable to watch movies or play their games. The threat to do something similar at Christmas time will also affect many people who would try to use their consoles that they receive as gifts and others who would like to do some catching up with their game during the holidays. The users are upset and many protesting were targeted by the Lizard Squad. The users don’t appreciate the attacks and consider them as shameful acts of cyber terrorism.

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