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December 25th was not a joyful day for gamers who rely on the services provided by Microsoft and Sony. Since yesterday, both networks have not been working as expected, allegedly due to a group of hackers known as Lizard Squad.

Days before Christmas, Lizard Squad announced it would disrupt one or two game services. Once the day arrived, services were interrupted. On the evening of Dec. 25, Kim DotCom tweeted @LizardMafia in order to stop the DDOS (distributed denial-of-service) attack to both networks. After some more tweets, Lizard Squad accepted the offer by Kim DotCom to cease attacking the services in exchange for Mega credits. The hacking group said they stopped their DDOS attack, however, even 24 hours after the alleged responsibility, both services have not fully recovered.

Even though nobody knows who is really responsible, both services have been informing their followers via the social networks, esp. Twitter, about the conditions of Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.

Update 1: As of 11:45pm EST (12/26/2014), all Xbox Live services except IGN, Maxim, and MLB.TV are currently working, but as in the morning and the rest of the day, the Xbox core services were not working efficiently.

Xbox Live

PSN

https://twitter.com/AskPlayStation/status/548688004269998082

[Sources]: Microsoft: Xbox Live Service Status; Sony: @AskPlayStation@KimDotCom.

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