#TangoDown: Sony’s network offed in alleged hacker attack

#TangoDown: Sony’s network offed in alleged hacker attack
PlayStation Network, an online multiplayer gaming and digital media delivery service, has been reportedly taken offline by hackers, affecting millions of online gamers worldwide.

Hacker team Lizard Squad has claimed the responsibility for a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on the Play Station Network (PSN) via Twitter.

PSN problems have been confirmed by the Japanese company, which said it is aware of log-in issues and is trying to fix the connection.

Users complained about the problems as well as they kept on getting “Unable to connect to PSN,” message. Most of them want the service to be turned on ASAP. PS4 users seem to be affected as well as those using PS3 and PS Vita consoles.

The attack appears to originate from proxies in China which are overwhelming the North American PSN servers, according to Craveonline, which managed to track DDoS traffic via visual live data representation.

For users it means that they cannot access their Netflix accounts available through PSN and other network features such as live streaming or Facebook sharing. Players can also forget about engaging online multiplayer battles for the time being.

The attack coincides with PlayStation Experience, a massive two-day community event for console fans held in Las Vegas this weekend.

Sunday's DDoS on Sony comes on the footsteps of Lizard Squad launching another similar attack on Microsoft's Xbox on Friday. The groups took down the online service, affecting Xbox Live and Xbox 360 units. As of Sunday morning, the Xbox 360 users still had some issues to sign in and download certain apps.

Lizard Squad first gained notoriety when they launched a DDoS attack on PSN three months ago.

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Sony appears to be in the crosshairs of hackers lately. In November attacks, hackers managed to steal 5 Sony films, 4 of which were not released, as well as get a hold of thousands of user password accounts. The hack against the entertainment giant also revealed the salaries of 17 of its highest paid executives and private information about more than 6,000 employees.