Playstation Network Attacked Along With Battle.Net, Services Brought Down [Updated]

Scott Grill

Sony's PlayStation Network came under a DDoS attack early Sunday morning along with other gaming services like Blizzard's Battle.net and League of Legends. The latter are back up and running as of the time of this article, but PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 owners are still affected by the attack on PSN servers.

Sony originally planned to bring the PlayStation Network down for maintenance on Monday. This current outage is not part of that.

A group or individual calling itself the "Lizard Squad" is taking credit for the DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack. It's not fair to call the group hackers since systems are not being breached as an attempt to steal data. Instead, they are simply flooding the servers for various online services with more traffic than they can handle.

The outages started late Saturday evening Eastern Time with an attack on AT&T before the Lizard Squad moved on to League of Legends. They started by harassing a female Twitch streamer named Kaceytron and initiating DDoS attacks on games they were playing and followed their attacks as she moved from Hearthstone to Diablo III and eventually attacked Comcast to cause her to go offline.

They then begin hitting other Twitch streamers, and the games they were playing such as Path of Exile and brought down all of Battle.net.

For whatever reason, they got bored with attacking those services and turned to attacking PlayStation Network. It appears that Sony was able to get the PSN servers up for a while before stating, "We're attempting to slam Sony back into the ground."

This is the message in the current pinned Tweet by Lizard Squad.

— Lizard Squad (@LizardSquad) August 24, 2014

— Lozziieeexx (@Green_Bean98) August 24, 2014

How has the DDoS attack on PlayStation Network, Battle.net and other games affected you? Sound off in the comments below.

Update: As of 1:25 p.m. EDT, PSN is still down. The official Playstation Twitter Support account posted the following message.

— Ask PlayStation (@AskPlayStation) August 24, 2014

— Lizard Squad (@LizardSquad) August 24, 2014

— Lizard Squad (@LizardSquad) August 24, 2014

— Lizard Squad (@LizardSquad) August 24, 2014

— Lizard Squad (@LizardSquad) August 24, 2014

Update 3: SOE President John Smedley's flight that was bound for San Diego has been redirected to Phoenix and Lizard Squad is bragging about it with video from the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. This is nothing short of unbelievable.

— Lizard Squad (@LizardSquad) August 24, 2014

— Lizard Squad (@LizardSquad) August 24, 2014

— Fame (@FamedGod) August 24, 2014

— Fame (@FamedGod) August 24, 2014

— John Smedley (@j_smedley) August 24, 2014

— Ask PlayStation (@AskPlayStation) August 25, 2014

[Image via PlayStation Network (edited)]

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