Was Your Video Game Christmas Ruined?

On Christmas morning this year, hundreds of thousands of excited gamers were most likely sorely disappointed when they plugged in their new PlayStation 4 or Xbox One and powered up Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare or Destiny only to find that the online gaming systems had been disrupted and all online play suspended.

If there ever was a time to find arcade game machines for sale and revert back to the old days, where no malicious thugs could ruin your fun, Christmas morning was a good time to start.

A New Type of Warfare

Sadly, it seems like attacks like the one experienced by gamers was all too easy for the gang known as Lizard Squad – a group who sent an overload of signals to the PlayStation and Xbox online gaming network in order to overwhelm the servers with traffic and knock the systems offline.

While some may call it “hacking,” it’s not actually hacking. All the criminals had to do was send distributed denial of service transmissions to the network through computers infected with a certain virus. No personal data or credit card information was stolen. It was a hateful act, but as far as attacks go, it probably could have been worse.

This new type of online, consumer-related warfare affects both the person who purchased the gaming system, the game, and the online subscription, as well as the company. Chipping away at Sony and Microsoft’s reputations of reliability, these attacks call into question the wisdom of trusting these gaming giants on the part of the consumers, as well as creating an uproar of unhappiness.

Why Would They Do Such a Thing?

It is unknown whether the attack was related to the recent Sony hack, supposedly initiated as a retaliation to Sony’s recent movie The Interview and its plot based on assassinating North Korea’s leader. Regardless of their motivations, the Lizard Squad calls themselves a “cyber terrorist” group, and authorities are sure to follow through with an intense investigation regarding the recent attacks.