The Drama Behind the Xbox Live and PSN attacks

The drama behind the Christmas hack of 2014

A hackers gonna hackOn December 25th a group known as Lizard Squad hacked the online networks of both Xbox Live and Playstation Network. Shortly after, a deal was made and the attacks ceased. Here's what happened. var adunit_index = 4000; if ((adunit_index != 1000 & adunit_index != 1001) || (adunit_index == 1000 && device_category != 'MOBILE') || (adunit_index == 1001 && device_category == 'MOBILE')) { if (active_ad_units_pw[adunit_index] != undefined) { console.log('Dyn Unit Legacy PW', active_ad_units_pw[adunit_index], adunit_index); googletag.cmd.push(function(){ var adunit_index = 4000; if (typeof(pubwise) != 'undefined' & pubwise.enabled === true) { console.log('Dyn PW'); pubwise.que.push(function(){ pubwise.renderAd('div-sjr-4000'); }); } else { console.log('Dyn Direct'); googletag.display('div-sjr-4000'); googletag.pubads().refresh([gptadslots['div-sjr-4000']]); } //googletag.pubads().refresh([gptadslots['div-sjr-4000']]); }); } } The last couple of years we've seen hacker groups take a liking to the limelight. Anonymous is the most famous of these groups. Anonymous has taken down or hacked several online based businesses and infrastructures. Supposedly this is done to show a weakness in said company's online infrastructure that needs improved, or in some cases exposed.Where it startedThe day's approaching December 25th Lizard Squad - another hacker group - made threats they would take down both Xbox Live and PSN. Sure enough, they did. Many Christmases were ruined by the lack of connectivity to these gaming services.As Twitter filled up with numerous complaints of the downed infrastructures Anonymous attempted to thwart Lizard Squads attempts but to little success.More like Mega-KimThen comes Kim Dotcom, who offered $300,000 worth of Mega space to Lizard Squad to cease the attacks. Kim Dotcom is a hacker who owns a cloud storage service called Mega, that uses encryption to prevent government or third-party "spies" from invading users' privacy. Needless to say, the attacks stopped.After news broke about the Kim Dotcom deal an interview was blasted to the Internet by a Lizard Squad associate who claimed they had stopped the attacks and Lizard Squad did it with only 3 people via Sky News. The interviewee said this was to expose the weaknesses in the PSN and Xbox Live networks and help kids spend time with their families.Oh the dramaLater that evening Anonymous, Dotcom, Lizard Squad, and another group making claims in helping Lizard Squad - called Finest - hashed it out during an interview session on DramaAlert.After 15 minutes of technical jargon and lingo, both Anonymous and Lizard Squad agreed to leave each other alone, and that Finest had no part in this incident. Both relevant parties agreed that acts such as taking down PSN and Xbox Live only tarnishes the reputation of hackers worldwide and would not commit such a pointless act again.Were you affected by the online attacks this holiday? How did it impact you and your time with family? How do you feel about all this nonsense?@thatgregmagee

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Published Dec. 29th 2014
  • Amanda Wallace
    Former Staff Editor
    I would say that "some people just want to watch the world burn," but I think folks like this get off on being compared to the Joker.

    I'm worried about the precedent it sets giving these people something of value to make them stop being dicks. That's just disappointing.
  • Coatedpolecat
    Featured Correspondent
    I feel like most of there stunts are to gain popularity or "fame," if you will.
  • Stan Rezaee
    Featured Contributor
    I understand and respect when groups like Anonymous do these things as an act of political protest. I do not respect when group do this just for laughs.
  • Coatedpolecat
    Featured Correspondent
    same here. In that interview anonymous mentioned how they were working against a government to allow it's people to search on an unrestricted Internet.
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    I believe it was Dotcom that was saying this and I totally agree. Hacker reputation is being killed with crap like this. I still believe in the real hackers to move humanity forward and see these script kiddies for what they are.
  • Coatedpolecat
    Featured Correspondent
    he may have. It sounded like the voice of the Lizard Squad guy. I'll have to take a listen in a bit to verify.

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