UPDATE: PSN is back up, it seems it was nothing more than some technical issues.
The Playstation Network is down again, and the online group of hackers behind the DDoS attacks that took both PSN and Xbox Live last year is taking credit. Gamers all over the internet are reporting sign-in issues, with Playstation addressing the issue officially on Twitter and malicious group – known as Lizard Squad -tweeting “We’re back #Lizard Squad” shortly after.
A distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) is an attempt to make a network resource unavailable to its intended users. This is accomplished by flooding the servers with traffic until they slow down or crash completely. This form of hacking was what caused frustration last Christmas, as Xbox Live and PSN went down, the latter of which lasting several days.
Despite Lizard Squad’s claims, many people are still sceptical. The black hat hacker group have a history of seeking attention by taking credit for services going down candidly and even by posting bomb threats. In fact, while Sony did later confirm their 2014 issues came from DDoS attacks, many still question whether Lizard Squad were the ones behind it. The group is 1/2 hacker and 1/2 internet troll, their actions are not done for any specific purpose like some other prominent hacker groups so sometimes its difficult to know when to take them seriously. As one of their twitter accounts put it “Some Lizards just want to watch the world burn.”