(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Over the weekend numerous gaming networks were shut down by a large-scale denial of service (DDoS) attack from a group of cyber criminals known as the Lizard Squad.
According to a report from Deadline, the group caused the multiple attacks because of the U.S. bombing of Islamic extremists in Iraq, stating that users will be able to get back onto their networks once the bombings stop.
“Kuffar don’t get to play videogames until bombing of the ISIL stops. #ISIL #PSN #ISIS” said the group via Twitter.
The Lizard Squad sent out another message shortly after to American Air stating that they “have been receiving reports that @j_smedley’s plane #362 from DFW to SAN has explosives on-board, please look into this.”
This tweet was in reference to Sony Online Entertainment’s President John Smedley who was traveling to San Francisco on the mentioned flight.
The flight was diverted to Phoenix where all passengers and luggage were checked for explosives.
Gaming networks affected by the DDoS attacks include Xbox Live, Battle.net, Grinding Gears, and the PlayStation Network.
Sony issued the following statement about the attacks:
“Like other major networks around the world, the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network have been impacted by an attempt to overwhelm our network with artificially high traffic. Although this has impacted your ability to access our network and enjoy our services, no personal information has been accessed. We will continue to work towards fixing this issue and hope to have our services up and running as soon as possible. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused.”