PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Continue to Struggle from Christmas Day Attack
For everyone that received a PlayStation or Xbox console for the holidays the last 36 hours have been a huge disappointment. The competing counsels online game networks PlayStation Network and Xbox Live were knocked offline much of Christmas Eve and Day in an apparent massive DDos (distributed denial of service) attack. This holiday season has been a huge let down to all of those gamers with new games and systems they wish to get online. It appears as though Xbox Live has been able to provide limited service as of Friday morning however Sony’s PSN remains offline.
Some Xbox One users may currently be experiencing issues signing into Xbox Live. Please see http://t.co/99xfLNN0o8 for more info. ^AD
— Xbox Support (1-5) (@XboxSupport) December 26, 2014
A DDos attack overwhelms the servers involves saturating the target machine with external communications requests, so many request in fact that it cannot respond to legitimate traffic, or responds so slowly as to be rendered essentially unavailable. DDoS attacks typicality are implemented by either forcing the targeted computer(s) to reset, or consuming its resources so that it can no longer provide its intended service or obstructing the communication media between the intended users and the victim so that they can no longer communicate adequately.
Our engineers are continuing to work hard to resolve the network issues users have experienced today. Thanks for your continued patience! — Ask PlayStation (@AskPlayStation) December 26, 2014
Taking credit for the simultaneous attacks is a group called Lizard Squad, which previously claimed credit for attacks this summer on PSN and the MMORPG online games World of Warcraft and League of Legends. The group appears to have no concerted aim or goal other then to toll would be users of the networks and of course the companies themselves.
Both networks were still having problems Friday morning. The network status Web page for Xbox Live showed service as being back up but “limited,” while PSN was still officially offline. PSN has been experiencing issues as early as Thursday morning according to complaints logged at one system-monitoring company, DownDetector.com, (This is a graphic from downdetector.com.).