Hacking is becoming more high profile and more and more prolific. On Monday of this week, Sony’s online PlayStation store was hacked wide open by a group called Lizard Squad.  When any visitor navigated to the site they were are greeted with a message which read “Page Not Found! It’s not you. It’s the internet’s fault.” Those claiming responsibility are a group called “Lizard Squad” and they have taken full credit for the outage. They even went so far as to post “PSN Login #offline #LizardSquad” on their Twitter account.


This latest outage is the most recent in a number of attacks on tech giant Sony. The Japanese company’s Hollywood film studios’ corporate network was hacked into last month. This was following an online leak of unreleased movies, alongside some highly confidential information such as actors’ salaries!

The guys over at Sony Entertainment Network responded in kind, by tweeting that they were fully aware of the problems, which users were having in connecting to the PlayStation network.

The company simply tweeted at about midnight GMT, “Thanks for your patience as we investigate.”

The outage on the PlayStation network follows another hack on the Microsoft Xbox network, which was down for 24 hours last week. Interestingly the Lizard Squad also made claims that it was behind the attack. In the Xbox network attack a favourite tool of the hacking world was used; a DDOS, or a distributed denial of service attack. This overloaded Microsoft’s system,thereby stopping users from getting online access. During this attack, the hacker group said that the Xbox attack was just “a small dose” of what was to come over the xmas season.

Should gamers with their brand new machines be concerned over the coming weeks? Only time will tell.

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SOURCE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30373686