XBox Back Up, PlayStation Still Down After Xmas Day Hacks
December 26, 2014 at 9:03 AM (PT)
MICROSOFT's XBOX LIVE is back online, while SONY's PLAYSTATION NETWORK remained dark for a second day after a hacker group claimed responsibility for a CHRISTMAS cyber-attack on the two Internet gaming services, according to a report in REUTERS.
Gamers on the two sites experienced connection problems and delays on arguably the busiest day of the year for the video game industry, when the majority of sales are generated.
A message on PLAYSTATION's website this morning read: "Under Scheduled Maintenance. We should be back online shortly. Apologies for any inconvenience." A MICROSOFT website listed XBOX LIVE's "core services" as "up and running" today.
A hacking group called "LIZARD SQUAD" took credit for the outage to both countries yesterday. The group appeared unrelated to the "GUARDIANS OF THE PEACE" hackers who broke into SONY PICTURES' network earlier this month to try to stop the release of the film "The Interview." Both are apparently unrelated to NORTH KOREA, according to the latest speculation