The gaming world has been in turmoil this Christmas, suffering at the hands of Hackers who were taking down the online gaming services of both Microsoft and Sony using Denial Of Service Attacks.
Services were restored after Mega file hosting owner 'Kim Dotcom' offered payment of 3000 Premium Mega vouchers with a value of $300,000 and the hacking group known as the Lizard Squad stopped the attacks on the gaming networks.
Xbox Live came back online shortly after Kims kind gesture, however PSN remained down until the 27th of December, which means gamers that got a PS4 for Christmas couldn't play online for almost 2 days.
Although Kim dotcom had good intention when he offered payment for the attacks to stop, we have to ask ourselves if it was the right thing to do and also question what were Microsoft and Sony actually doing to stop these attacks?
Since the attacks stopped on both XBL and PSN services, other smaller groups are now appearing and threatening to attack the gaming services after seeing the notoriety of Lizard Squad, which was to be expected.
Although denial of service attacks are hard to stop, the Lizard Squad themselves stated that they can be prevented, and in a recent interview with TheDailyDot the hacking group stated that the attacks could be stopped if they hired the right people and spent money on the right equipment.
â€œIf I was working [at Microsoft or Sony] and had a big enough budget, I could totally stop these attacks,â€
â€œIâ€™d buy more bandwidth, some specific equipment, and configure it correctly. Itâ€™s just about programming skill. With an attack of this scale, it could go up to the millions. But thatâ€™s really no problem for Sony and Microsoft.â€
During an interview with Steve Nolan on BBC Radio the Lizard Squad were asked why they carried out these attacks on the gaming services on Christmas day and they claim that it was to highlight the exploits within the gaming networks.
It would certainly seem that the squad do have an end goal of gaining employment within either Microsoft or Sony as they mention it in more than one of the interviews they have done. This is of course how George Francis Hotz, alias geohot, a hacker known for unlocking the iPhone and Playstation 3 gained employment with Google.
So what exactly are Microsoft and Sony doing to prevent similar attacks from other groups? This is a trend that we as gamers need to get used to unless Microsoft and Sony step up and introduce better preventative measures. Should they employ the Lizard squad to prevent similar attacks happening from other groups?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.