How the Lizard Squad Took Down Two of the Biggest Networks in the World

Contributed by James Rollins

During the 2014 Christmas holidays, millions of people all over the world were subjected to an unwanted gift. They sat down to play their new video game or watch a streaming movie on their Microsoft X-Box or Sony PlayStation, only to find that the online services of their respective system was unavailable. The blackout lasted for a couple days in Microsoft’s case, but the Sony service was down for more than a week. Microsoft’s X-Box Live and the Sony PlayStation Network had been successfully disabled by the Lizard Squad; a globally organized group of hackers, who had publicized their intentions on social media such as Twitter and Facebook for weeks prior to the attack.

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