The Infamous Lizard Squad DDOS Attack Ruins Christmas
Even though consoles these days claim to not need an internet connection to be played the honest truth is most of the best features are only found online. And since most games this year were shipped requiring multiple updates (cause they were released broken) some games are unable to be played at all without an internet connection. Gamers worldwide had a taste of sour milk this Christmas since Lizard Squad struck again as promised taking down PlayStation Network and Xbox Live early Christmas morning. The Lizard Squad DDOS attack ruined gamers Christmas morning worldwide as they were unable to play with their presents from Santa. Growing up a gamer I was always very excited to see what new game or console Santa was going to leave under the tree. My sister and I would wake up on Christmas excited to see what RPG we were going to conquer over Christmas break. I know how disappointed my sister and I would have been by this most recent Lizard Squad DDOS attack and it is unfortunate that this group feels it needs so much attention that these incidents keep occurring.
Lizard Squad is a group of hackers that have gained much popularity for bringing down PSN and XBL numerous times throughout the year and advertising their conquests on Twitter. Many have wondered why Twitter keeps letting them use their service, but don’t realize that their account has been canceled many times, but new accounts have been started. Also, spoiler alert, they are hackers so more than likely Twitter couldn’t keep them out of their network even if they wanted to.
This continuous presence by Lizard Squad as well as the recent issue with Sony being hacked from an unknown origin are beginning to lead to a bigger problem. If continuous incidents like this become commonplace, it may lead to some type of governmental regulations on the internet. This is something that no one wants and would ruin many of the things that people take for granted.
PlayStation Network and Xbox Live were both down for all of Christmas Day and Microsoft was unable to bring their networks back online till the next day. Sony was unable to restore its PSN service after almost three days. They are rumored to have kept their network down for an extended time to put in the proper security to prevent this from happening again. It is hard to blame Sony for taking more time than usual since they have been victim to various attacks from hackers recently in all parts of their corporation. Whether or not these Lizard Squad DDOS attacks are just a form of trolling or if this will develop into a serious problem still remains to be seen. But Lizard Squad has definitely made a name for themselves in 2014 and shows no sign of slowing down. Mere days after their attack on the gaming networks they shifted their attention to the Tor Project, which is one of the most effective sites for encrypted communication worldwide.
It is a weird play for the Lizards to come after the gaming community with these DDOS attacks, because if their target was different the gaming community would most likely be their biggest supporters. A large portion of the gaming community grew up watching movies like Hackers and WarGames which are both considered cult classics. “Hack the Planet,” a quote from Hackers, was viewed as a positive thing back when this picture was released. Little did we all know that we would learn to regret this phrase after becoming targets of multiple strikes to our favorite form of entertainment.
What do you think should be done about Lizard Squad? Did this attack ruin your Christmas gaming plans? Do you see this turning into a larger problem that will need to be regulated? Let us know in the comments below.
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