A hacker group has attacked several gaming services early this morning, including PSN, Battle.net and others. Shack News had the story early this morning, noting that League of Legends and Path of Exile were and/or are down for extended periods of time this morning, although it looks like services are back up for some people in the North American region as of press time.
A DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack is essentially when more than one user floods a website, server or data network with data packets with the intention of denying the service usage to its intended users. It essentially acts as a clogging up of data, where the people who use a service like PSN to log on and enjoy games online can’t due to the PSN servers being too busy to take the user’s request.
It is not similar to the type of data breach that occurred to the PSN back in 2011, where credit card and personal information was hacked and leaked to nefarious people online. This is not even a hacking attempt; the DDoS is more acting like a means of slowing the usage down for a semi-extended period of time.
Should PSN or other gaming services have their data breached or services return back to normal, we will update the story as all notable events unfold.
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