PlayStation, Xbox, Blizzard, and More Crippled By DDoS Attacks; Sony Online President Gets Bomb Threat

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Over the weekend, the PlayStation Network, Blizzard, and now Xbox Live servers have been hit with a series of distributed denial-of-service -- DDoS -- attacks causing service interruption. These attacks are thought to be from a group called Lizard Squad.

In a statement on the PlayStation Blog, Senior Manager of Social Media Sid Shuman stated the following:

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.

The services are now back online and the scheduled maintenance for today has been postponed until a later date.

Xbox Live's interruptions have caused issues with playing online with friends as well as Party Chat on games like Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition. Microsoft announced the outage on Xbox's Support Page saying, "Xbox One users, are you experiencing server unavailability issues? Us too, but we’re working alongside our partner to get these issues fixed ASAP! We’ll keep you posted when we have more information."

In addition to everything, the "hacker group" Lizard Squad also tweeted in a bomb threat to the plane carrying Sony Online President, John Smedley. The tweet read, "We have been receiving reports that @j_smedley's plane #362 from DFW to SAN has explosives on-board, please look into this." The tweet forced Smedley's flight to be diverted and searched for anything that could resemble a bomb. Smedley had the following to say upon landing:

This group, unlike some like Anonymous, have yet to state why other than they don't like these organizations. We'll keep you posted.