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article imageMajor online games providers hit by DDOS attacks

By James Walker     Aug 25, 2014 in Entertainment
Many major gaming services were forced offline yesterday by what is suspected to be a targeted DDOS attack on the companies involved.
Neowin reports that from late on Sunday service outages on Sony's PlayStation Network, the online service powering multiplayer games on the company's consoles, were being encountered by players.
Other services reportedly impacted include popular massively-multiplayer online games, or MMOs, like World of Warcraft, League of Legends and Path of Exile. It is important to note that no personal data was stolen during the attacks.
A "DDOS" — distributed denial of service — attack is instigated by the hackers simply flooding web servers with requests, hogging bandwith and preventing the server from responding to legitimate requests from players. Eventually, the sheer volume of data requested forces the server offline.
Services are now back to normal but the attacks continued throughout yesterday. Hacking group Lizard Squad have claimed responsibility and Sony have achknowledged that PSN servers were met with an attempt to "overwhelm" the network by "artificially high levels of traffic" last night. A spokesperson added last night "Although this has impacted your ability to access our network and enjoy our services, no personal information has been accessed. We will continue to work towards fixing this issue and hope to have our services up and running as soon as possible."
Gamers using Microsoft's Xbox Live service also reported outages through the day although it is currently unclear whether this was related to the attacks being instigated against the company's main rival.
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