It’s bad enough when hackers bring down our gaming servers. I really don’t understand the logic behind DDoS attacks on the PSN or Xbox Live, but it happened over the weekend. One group claimed responsibility, and then went even further.
A hacker group claimed responsibility for the PSN DDoS attack, something that already would have garnered a bunch of hatred from gamers worldwide. However, that wasn’t enough to prove that they were “serious” – they then proceeded to send the following threat:
.@AmericanAir We have been receiving reports that @j_smedley‘s plane #362 from DFW to SAN has explosives on-board, please look into this.
— Lizard Squad (@LizardSquad) August 24, 2014
The flight was then shown as redirected, something confirmed by its target, Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley.
Yes. My plane was diverted. Not going to discuss more than that. Justice will find these guys.
— John Smedley (@j_smedley) August 24, 2014
To be clear, I don’t really want to give these guys too much attention. They sent a bomb threat that scared a whole lot of people, over what? The fact that the PSN doesn’t have DDoS protection?
To make it even worse, it appears that this group is a bunch of fakers. Apparently, they weren’t the ones who actually hacked the PSN; they just claimed responsibility and followed it up with a bomb threat. The actual hackers are rather offended by this, and have in turn hacked this group – sending their details to the FBI and Anonymous.
So, what did all these people get for their efforts? A bunch of irate gamers and 179 diverted travelers. I’m still not even sure why the PSN was brought down; the whole purpose of the hack seems to have been lost, making it purely an inconvenience for gamers.
Last Updated: August 25, 2014
Alien Emperor Trevor
August 25, 2014 at 10:09
Fucking keyboard warriors. If everyone only had consoles this would never happen, because it takes to long to type anything when you have to select each letter individually.