Xbox One fans have been warned there could be more Xbox Live outages over Christmas after hacker group Lizard Squad claimed to have taken the service down earlier this month.
I find it amazing that it is not possible for them to track these guys. I know a good hacker can hide and use IP addresses that can send someone in a circle jerk but this is not only annoying but very bad because it can potentially compromise everyone's private data they may have on file and you don't know just how far these assholes may go with all of this.
They aren't hackers... and its annoying. I can't believe people support this pricks. Bastards are ruining gaming for everyone.
I personally hope they die. Thats just me. If ur sole purpose is to disrupt other people then just die.
It's hard to track the actual people that initiate the attack because the actual attack is made from software that gets installed on people's computers without their knowledge. Many times it acts like a worm and just gets transferred around until the attacker initiates the start up command. During a DDoS, they could have hundreds of thousands of IP's hitting the servers, although the attacks are more often than not upstream at the DNS server or some node on the service providers network. I'm sure the actual LS crew could be tracked down though. They haven't been exactly discreet. Authorities may even know who they are by now, if not some other hacker group, but there may not be enough actual evidence to prove that they are the real attackers and not just some tools that want to take credit for whatever may happen. Good hackers can hide their tracks pretty well, but from what I've seen LS isn't made up of good hackers.
It's a good job Xbox Live never goes down......
These annoying little bugs need to be squashed
Microsoft is hardly a little bug... :-P
No lol, i meant the lizard squad :)
any bug can be squashed..
I know... I was joking
Let's put aside the petty Fanboy Console Squabbles and look at what's is totally happening to 'US' as Gamers! Lizard Squad don't care a rats ass about Gamers! Unite, stand together! This is outrageous whether it is PSN, Live or any other gamer dependent service! It's time to grow up now! ;/
No one should ever go without their games hope this gets taken care of.
oh no its Lizard Squad..run /s XBox live never went down. DDOS is not hacking and Im sure they will eventually be caught and the one that gets caught will chirp like a canary to save his ass from being thrown in jail and rat on all the little bastards that he was working with. Just a matter of time.
Yeah certain features were interrupted like the friends list and it seemed more area specific at times but I was online and playing throughout.
Ya only thing effected for me was the marketplace. Went to go look at the metro redux deals and it wouldn't load.
In MCTJim I see we've found the usual stray ostrich with his head stuck in the sand. Wake up guy, and open your eyes to reality.
ya whatever tools called lizard squad your treat a joke
UPDATE 01:30: In what looks to be a repeat DDOS attack on Xbox Live, Xbox 360 users are now reporting they can no longer access the service, with hacker group Lizard Squad claiming responsibility on Twitter. "Xbox Live #offline," the post reads, the same tweet that was posted on December 2. A message on the Xbox Live status page confirms that services on the Xbox 360 are currently limited. "Are you having issues staying connected to Xbox Live? Don’t worry! We’re working hard to find a fix as soon as we possibly can," the statement reads. "Thanks for hanging in there while we address this, Xbox members! We’ll update you on our progress in 30 minutes." Xbox One is currently not affected by the same issues in the UK. Guys x box 1 is more secure has been since those attacks where reported last week. 360 is more vulnerable to those types of attacks. The 360 network is more like PSN reason the lizard squad finds it easy to take it down.
What? Its more like psn? When did this happen? Lol
He's just someone who refuses to believe he lives in the real world! So many try to minimize anything Xbox Live related, and instantaneous try and make the PSN comparison . Regardless of the degree a service is being affected or, regardless of how many people are affected, the service is still experiencing issues that have caused Xbox Live to deviate from what is considered normal operations. What's so hard to grasp about that concept? When PSN went down for that whole month, the same people now trying to minimize this issue were all over PSN 's issues! And all though PSN was completely down, it was down for the extended period because Sony kept it down for that time period to ensure that they could rebuild their security infrastructure from the ground up.
If it's the same as their PSN attack, then the attacks are upstream of the servers themselves, likely at the DNS server or internet nodes that feed the MS servers. MS doesn't own the backbones or ISP's of the internet, so they are still vulnerable there just like every other company. This is where 90% of DDoS attacks are aimed. DDoS doesn't actually compromise networks to begin with, although it can be used to hide another type of attack, which isn't the case here. Most of the reports I've seen about what problems people have seem pretty common for a DDoS attack. I had them myself when playing WOW when they first started this nonsense. I'm sure the actual security of the network is still what it's always been. Also, 360 and X1 both work off azure and the live network on this particular topic. Games may work off dedicated servers or whatnot, but the actual live service runs off azure. Same for PSN on whatever servers Sony uses. The systems themselves are secure because they aren't open enough to be hacked for anything useful, as the hypervisor protects any internal network from having access from the outside. A DDoS against the console would be aimed at the users network at large, not the device. Packet sniffing may be possible, but would probably require more work than it's worth, and Im' sure both systems have some pretty heavy encryption standards.
You can bet your ass, MS won't take it laying down, they find out who it was n if there any legal action they can take they will..... Got to remember where most the hackers are there no law to stop them, that's why ppl like our government pay MS millions a yr to keep hacking down....
MS gets attacked quite often being the largest technology company in the world. I'm sure some people on here wouldn't believe it, but that's just the nature of today's connected world. I'm sure they take action when they can, but that's really the job of legal authorities and the DA, more often than not the FBI. MS probably files a legal complaint, and provides whatever information they have, but whatever comes of it, I don't know. More often than not, the attack doesn't achieve anything, but obviously the one that does get something significant will be the one that gets the most press, and everyone will blame MS. Network security is a huge thing nowadays. IT security experts make a lot of money, and it's a rather specialized degree.
While this is of course bad news all around as gamers, the argument can be made "you get what you pay for" nonsense to finally be dropped. This illusion that XBL is better than PSN needs to stop. Neither has an advantage over the other at this stage in the game. I would argue, however, that at least PSN improved vastly in the short amount of time it existed (as a free platform mind you) to what is today, so much so that Microsoft had no choice to copy certain aspects of it (Games with Gold, real currency, etc). Either way, just turn on your other systems and play those when the network goes off on one, unless of course you don't own any others and expect to be considered "real" gamers.
Actually Xbox Ones online service is ran off Azure servers while 360 is not, Xbox One is in fact more resistant to these kinds of attacks than Xbox 360s live and certainly PSN. The hackers themselves have said the reason they pick on Sony is because Sony skimps on network security, most likely due to a lack of funds. The hackers also claimed that XBL is more of a challenge to hack, so your statement that neither has an advantage over the other is simply not true.
So if you only own one console, you aren't a real gamer? Lol, okay man. I'm sure I've owned more consoles in my life than you have ever heard of. Last gen I had wii, PS3, and 360. I rarely played the wii, or the PS3. I decided to not spend $1,200 dollars for all 3 consoles this gen, I don't think that makes me any less of a gamer. Now go tell all of the PC guys about how they aren't real gamers.
Will just go play a whole bunch of upcoming playstation games on steam for 20 min while its down.
I thought xbl is #unmatchable???
Its funny to me seeing people bash Xbox live and put it in the same category as psn.. No online service is safe from ddos attacks. The difference between live and psn is that personal information is not being taken on Xbox live.. I have to change my PW to Sony services every other 2 days BC of their complete ignorance to hackers...#GOP #2011
I see why you only have two bubbles soon to be one.
Yup,sorry I don't follow the herd. Even though I have owned every single Sony console,including the dying PS vita.
Seriously? You take things way to far. PSN is't crap it never was. It just had one little bad hack back in 2008 or whatever year it was. get over that, that was years ago.
If they are easily hacked changing your pw every two days wouldn't make a difference . Another drama queen fanboy....
If you're personal information is at risk every two days on PSN then it sounds like you may have to reevaluate your own personal methods of securing your information. Maybe stop posting your password on your facebook page or something. The better question is, why would you even use a service which is so woefully insecure? If they're that bad, then it's you're own fault if you're aware of it.
This is something that affects all gamers, hopefully Sony and MS will sort these jokers out...
ive had 0 problems with xbox live since these attacks happened lizard squad needs to step up their game, tired of seeing amateur hour from them and their inability to take down "all" of live.
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