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Scott Cowie | University of Sunderland

Computer Forensics BSc (Hons)

Christmas Special and Xbox/PSN Hacking on Xmas day!!


Playstation Network and Xbox Live hack at Xmas!

So if you are a gamer like me, and unboxed a PS3/4/Vita or Xbox 360/Xbox One  and tried to go online with your well deserved present for being a good boy/girl, you would be sad to have discovered the server is down….But what does this mean exactly? After a little bit of research I realised that it wasn’t that my internet connection was down, but it was actually due to a group of hackers on Twitter, encouraging others to ‘Retweet’ their tweet so that they could hack the system and shut it down. Thousands of users who unboxed their console or game  could not play online due to the hackers AKA ‘Lizard Squad’ wanting to encourage people to spend time with their loved ones.



Whether a ploy to get more followers on the social networking platform or not, the question still remains…..When will their servers resume? These hackers are the very ones that used a bomb scare to divert a plane carrying Sony Online’s president back in August and posted tweets such as this:



So what exactly does this mean for us users? Well, put simply we are unable to access any online features such as logging in onto Xbox Live to sign in and play games with others. Both PSN and Xbox both say that they are looking into solving the problem, but they are unable to inform anyone as to when they will be back online……fingers crossed it will be back when I have my day off from work in a couple of days!!!


Happy holidays everyone!!!


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  • Name: Scott Cowie
  • Age: 25
  • Studying: Computer Forensics BSc (Hons)
  • Hometown: Birtley, UK
  • Ambitions: I want to go far in the Computer Forensics Industry and help create a world with a safe computer environment for everyone.

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