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UPDATE: Blizzard, PlayStation Network, and more under wide DDoS attack; FBI now investigating

UPDATE 3: All appears to be up and running. No further problems have been reported with PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, Battle.net, or any of the other services affected. We will continue to monitor the situation here at G33k-HQ and will report on any further attacks.

UPDATE 2: Battle.net has been hit once again, according to Blizzard customer service. The attack was foreshadowed when Lizard Squad pointed to a Twitch user playing Hearthstone. Minutes later, the group targeted a Dota 2 stream. A portion of Dota 2 servers have been affected, but there does not appear to be widespread outage at this time.

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UPDATE: Lizard Squad has now set their sights on Xbox Live. Xbox Support  confirms that service has been affected.

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Several gaming servers have been at the receiving end of DDoS attacks over the past several hours. Blizzard’s Battle.net servers, Riot’s League of Legends, Grinding Gear Games’ Path of Exile, and PlayStation Network are among those under attack by a group of hackers calling themselves Lizard Squad.

Several tweets have gone up throughout Saturday evening, confirming Lizard Squad has taken responsibility for the attacks. The group started with Blizzard’s servers that include Hearthstone, Diablo 3, World of Warcraft and others. The group quickly spread to League of Legends and Path of Exile before deciding to spread their terror to Playstation Network. The latter’s outage is not related to the scheduled maintenance set to begin Monday morning.

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Sony has acknowledged the attacks on Twitter.

Like other major networks around the world, the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network have been impacted by an attempt to overwhelm our network with artificially high traffic.

Although this has impacted your ability to access our network and enjoy our services, no personal information has been accessed.

We will continue to work towards fixing this issue and hope to have our services up and running as soon as possible.

We regret any inconvenience this may have caused.

In addition, Sony Online Entertainment’s servers have been hit, as well. SOE President John Smedley confirmed the attack early Sunday morning.

The attacks have even gone beyond the realm of DDoS, as Lizard Squad targeted Smedley’s San Diego-bound flight with a phony bomb threat. Smedley’s flight was diverted to Phoenix for security reasons. A Sony Online Entertainment representative has issued a statement  in regards to SOE President John Smedley having his flight diverted over a fake bomb threat. The statement reads “I can confirm that at this time the FBI is handling this directly.” The rep added that no specifics could be offered, as this has now become a matter of national security.

Further more,  an update has been posted on Playstation.Blog confirming that no personal information has been stolen in these attacks. The DDoS attacks are persisting and the team is looking to resolve the matter as soon as possible.

G33k-HQ has contacted SOE and Blizzard and will continue to issue updates as they come in.

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