Xbox Live Servers Go Down, Some Blogs Blame Anonymous

Some Xbox Live servers went down on Saturday and some gaming blogs blamed hacktivist collective Anonymous for the problems.

The Xbox servers initially went down around 3 pm EST and stayed down for around three hours. Canadian gaming blog “Game Focus” blamed the server problems on Anonymous, referencing a video uploaded to YouTube in February.

Despite the video, it is highly unlikely the hacktivist collective was behind Saturday’s uninterrupted gameplay. For one, the group stated in the video how they respect the gaming community. The video, “Anonymous Message to the Xbox Live Community,” was actually meant for a group of gamers who were stealing from others.

Microsoft acknowledge the server issues on Saturday afternoon with a tweet that read, “LIVE service alert affecting sign-in . Apologies, we may not be able to reply to all outage-related tweets today! ^EM @XboxSupport.” They also provided a statement on their website, which read:

“Oh no, friends! We are aware that some of you are having trouble sending and receiving messages, seeing friends’ statuses, sending game and party invites, and accepting friend requests on Xbox LIVE. Don’t worry, we’re here for you! We’re working toward getting this fixed as quickly as possible. Thanks for being so patient. We’ll have an update for you in 30 minutes!”

Per Xbox Live’s status page, users have actually been experiencing problems with the service since Thursday. The main issues are with Minecraft and streaming music. Microsoft has also assured users that they have “every available resource” working to fix the problem.

Meanwhile, several Twitter accounts run by Anonymous members have remained silent on the Xbox Live problems. @YourAnonNews sent out the following tweets about Xbox Live issues on Saturday night:

But despite the tweets by Twitter user @AnonymousJaye, it is highly unlikely the group is actually responsible for the Xbox Live issues. If they were, there would likely be a hashtag associated with the event, like was seen with #OpIsrael, #OpJusticeForRehtaeh, and several others.

Do you think Anonymous is responsible for the Xbox Live server problems?

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