PlayStation, Xbox networks go offline

WASHINGTON (TIP): The online gaming networks for Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox consoles —hot gifts this Christmas — have gone dark in what hackers said was a coordinated attack. The outage started Christmas Day and went into Friday, PlayStation and Xbox said on their Twitter feeds, adding that they were working to restore service. A new Twitter user going by the name “Lizard Squad” took credit for the disruption, claiming it had the “nation on strings.”

The name is the same used by a group of hackers that has targeted Sony in the past, though it was not possible to verify the Twitter account’s authenticity. The account did not return request for comment and only became active on Wednesday. Sony this month was hit by a sophisticated hacking attack that stole massive amounts of data from its servers.

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