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"Oh boy, golly gee, mother and father! Thanks so much for getting me this new [Insert Console]. I can't wait to play all day!" And then little Timmy plugged in his brand new games machine and found out that it's basically useless today because both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network have been taken down in some capacity.
See, little Timmy forgot about the group known as Lizard Squad, saddled with a heart three sizes too small and living up in a cave above Whoville. Lizard Squad is claiming responsibility for the deed on Twitter, which would mean this is an actual targeted DDOS attack instead of the usual "down for Christmas" woes.
Lizard Squad is one of the most well-known online hacker groups and has a history of attacking popular video game services. In August, Lizard Squad claimed to have caused disruption to the PlayStation Network , as well as servers run by Blizzard, the company behind World of Warcraft.
In the same month, the group took their campaign one step further by tweeting a bomb threat against Sony executive John Smedley, which forced his flight to be diverted. As Smedley's flight was grounded, the group shared messages discussing 9/11, comparing themselves to ISIS.
But Lizard Squad's hacking campaign against video games didn't end there. They returned in September to wreak havoc against popular games such as Call of Duty, FIFA, Destiny, Madden, and The Sims 4. Yet again, the group (which has claimed to have a handful of members) had proven that they could successfully shut down the online services that video game fans rely on to play their favourite titles.