Hackers hit during holiday

Scrooges strike: Xbox Live, Playstation Network both down

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Bad news if there was an Xbox or Playstation under the tree this Christmas Day: You won’t likely get to use either console online for a bit. Why? Both system networks are experiencing issues, reportedly due to a denial of service attack, says Neowin.

[company]Sony[/company] indicated on Twitter that it is aware of an issue that’s impacting its network:

A search on Twitter for “Playstation network” shows that at time of writing, there are many people impacted and complaining. The same can be said for [company]Microsoft[/company]’s Xbox Live service; here’s one example I found on Twitter:

I also checked Microsoft’s official Xbox Live status page and it shows that service is indeed limited:

Xbox Live status Christmas Day


Microsoft will text you when service is restored, as indicated in the screenshot above. That’s helpful once the issues are resolved but as is often the case when these services are negatively impacted, it’s difficult to know how long it will take to resolve the problems. And for many new game console owners this holiday, that’s as good as coal in the stocking.


343 Responses to “Scrooges strike: Xbox Live, Playstation Network both down”

    • I signed in at 1am and started to download games on my xbox one and didn’t have any issues cause I was already logged in before the “attack”. At 8:30am my friend was like…dude let me see if I can log in my account too…so I signed out my account and now we’re locked out. I wanted to sock that fool in the face so hard. I can only play the first level of COD until the rest is able to dl…Merry Christmas.

  1. The psn and Microsoft networks are not being DDOS’d by the lizard virgins hack squad, don’t give them credit bc that’s what they want. It’s the mass amounts of ppl getting on their
    Systems causing all the overload on their servers.

    • No. Look at their twitter. They have taken down xbox website as well after giving out all the threats. I doubt all these predictions was guess work. They are the cause behind it and are to blame for over loading the servers.

  2. Crazyman7470

    For god sake .. these “hackers” need to grow the **** up ! .. it really grinds my gears that they seem to have nothing better to do than DDoS attack a comapany for Sh*ts and giggles .. like really .. F**** off !

  3. John Wigington

    Some ppl are just wasted oxygen…..funny how some ppl put their minds together and unify over something so trivial as a ddos attack…careless as to the hearts of small children – adults who are disappointed….remember this when you are in need or rewarded with disappointment….karmas a b!1ch

      • Aaron Ploeg

        So much vinegar. How about you take a moment and think for a second? It’s Christmas. A holiday everyone loves especially little kids. When a child gets something they’ve been wanting for a while for Christmas, they’re going to be excited to play with what they got. Now, imagine the disappointment and the shattered excitement when that child can’t play with what they’ve been waiting for because of some Scrub Squad going around, knocking down servers for no reason.

        • They can use/play with it. They just might have to wait a whole big bad day to be able to. I know, heaven forbid they don’t get what they want, the moment they want it.

          Hey, I’m not happy I don’t get to use my new XBox One either… but I don’t have an entitled mentality enough to feel like it’s my RIGHT to do so.

          But what do I know, I’m just the parent of two well adjusted kids.

      • Or we can all take this time and remember and teach are kids what today is realy about the birth of our savior jesus christ the way i see it the hackers did us all a favor and gave everyone the time to spend with there familys and loveones

        • magnis semper deficiet

          Learn a little more about your own religion. Dec 25 is a pagan holiday having absolutely nothing to do with the birth of Jesus Christ. Educate yourself before you start preaching.

  4. Got an Xbox one for the kids a few days ago, hated that I had to set up a microsoft account and put in all my info just to play a video game. And now I can’t play it because they got hacked. Maybe they will reconsider the way they do business.

  5. no xbox 4u

    Two very upset little girls here this morning. They saved their money for 5 months to buy the Xbox One and can’t do a thing with it all morning and we live 30 minutes from Microsoft. What a disaster for MS.

    • John Wigington

      Xbox isnt only system ps4 too….research before u place blame and btw ddos attack can happen on any system its simply an overload due to pos wastes of oxygen who choose to rally in large numbers over something small and stupid to bring grief…..sad they could be out doing good on the holidays or any other day…..its just a game though….they hardly warrant any emotion except pity….

    • Misrouted

      Lol…. They are a MULTI-BILLION dollar company,both xbox and sony should of known better, if they both were to spend some more money on making bigger servers so that “fake visit’s” don’t crash them as easy, what DDoS is a bunch of hits to a certain internet protocol in a short period of time making the servers go under stress and than overload

  6. Why can man send some one to outter space, put a computer and video game console in every house but cannot protect the servers from little pricks???? seriously, where is the security??? do they even worry about it? complete fricken BS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • It’s the nature of the service… The login servers are always listening for requests to access the network but, if you send millions of stalled requests at once they quickly become overwhelmed and then you have login issues.

      They don’t actually have access to the physical network so, technically it isn’t something they can proactively protect against very easily because it usually has some type of botnet and blocking all the requests would take time.