A large scale DDoS attack is currently targeting the PlayStation Network which is experiencing mass outages for North American users.
“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.” announced Sony.
The group of hackers Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for the DDoS attack. The Hackers of the Lizard Squad group have hit a range of gaming services including , League of Legends, Sony Online Entertainment titles, PSN and others.
“UPDATE: The PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network are back online and people can now enjoy the services on their PlayStation devices. The networks were taken offline due to a distributed denial of service attack. We have seen no evidence of any intrusion to the network and no evidence of any unauthorized access to users’ personal information.” states the update issued by Sony.
The company confirmed that users’ personal details haven’t been leaked in the attack, its customers were not able to access the gaming platform in various locales for more than ten hours since the DDoS attack began.
There is also a curious episode which occurred in conjunction with the DDoS attack, the plane in which Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley was traveling was diverted to Phoenix, the authorities have inspected the cargo searching for explosives while the Lizard Squad group was claiming on Twitter that the flight had explosives on board.
Below some of the Tweets sent by the president of Sony Online Entertainment which confirmed the DDoS Attack:
In time I’m writing the DDoS attacks seems to be under control, a Twitter account claiming to be responsible for the hacks is announcing an attack on Xbox Live network.
According to a Sony representative speaking to ShackNews, the law enforcement is already investigating on the attack.
The Sony Entertainment Network President Smedley also provided a link to a map showing where the DDoS attack had hit.
Stay Tuned for further details.
(Security Affairs – Sony, DDoS Attack)