Received a new video game system for Christmas? You are probably still trying to get online with it.

Xbox and Playstation online services were taken offline yesterday after both consoles were impacted by DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack. Basically, hackers flood a service with tons of traffic until the servers buckle. In this case, Xbox Live and Playstation Network.

The timing of the attack compounded the situation. Many of you probably received an Xbox One or PS4 for Christmas. Servers were already expected to be strained due to the influx of new users.

Who is responsible? A hacker group called ‘Lizard Squad’ is claiming responsibility. The group has also claimed responsibility for similar attacks over the past few months. These attacks were aimed at specific games such as League of Legends, World of Warcraft and others.

Right now, Xbox Live services have returned to normal. You can use this page to see how Xbox Live is running if you are having trouble connecting.

Playstation seems to be taking the brunt of the attack and remains offline. You can keep up with the status of Sony’s servers here. Sony says they “are aware that some users are experiencing difficulty logging into the PSN. We will update this article with any changes that occur in regards to this issue. Thank you for your patience.”

It’s important to note these type of attacks are not aimed at your personal data. They are aimed at bringing servers offline only.

So, there you have it. If you can’t connect right now, you are not the only one. These type of attacks don’t generally last too long. Playstation Network should be back online later today or sometime this weekend at the latest. I’ll keep you updated once it comes back online.

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