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Hacking group takes down PlayStation and Xbox online networks on Christmas

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Late Wednesday night a hacking group claimed victory against little kids everywhere: the Lizard Squad took responsibility for bringing down the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. Both systems are the online networks for the gaming consoles that allow players to interact with each other from around the world.

Christmas is considered one of the busiest gaming days of the year, according to CNN, as shiny new consoles are torn from wrapping paper.

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The Lizard Squad is a hacking group that was responsible for taking down both networks earlier this month. They also previously targeted Sony. In August the group took down the PlayStation Network in a similar attack. At the time, John Smedley, the president of Sony Online Entertainment, tweeted about those “large scale” attacks, and then he became a target, according to CNNMoney.

“We have been receiving reports that @j_smedley’s plane #362 from DFW to SAN has explosives on-board, please…

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