I’d just like to preface this article with this is far more attention than this “group” deserves or should ever deserve.
Over the weekend a group calling themselves LizardSquad took responsibility for the DDOS attacks on three of the major gaming services across the globe. Blizzards Battle.net was hit first on Saturday (having services restored by Sunday because it’s Blizzard!), then Riot Games League of Legends and finally Sony’s PSN.
Whilst the other companies have got things pretty much all fixed up, Sony is still having a few ongoing issues. In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Sony’s Digital Communications Manager Sid Shuman, confirmed the downtime is due to malicious activity, but said users aren’t at any risk.
“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”.
That’s where should of ended but it seems like LizardSquad (my IQ drops a little every time I write that) has beef specifically with Sony. In a tweet to American Airlines, the group suggested there might be explosives on the flight Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley was booked to fly on. This suddenly jumps the groups status from being a huge inconvenience to that of terrorists, with Polygon reporting the FBI are now becoming involved in the matter.
Yes. My plane was diverted. Not going to discuss more than that. Justice will find these guys.
— John Smedley (@j_smedley) August 24, 2014
When Sony was reached out for comment they responded “The FBI is currently handling the situation at this time. We have no further comment,”