A group of anonymous hackers announced on Twitter its plans to take Sony’s PlayStation network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live services offline for one week during the Christmas holiday.
The group, which identifies itself as ‘Phantom Squad,’ claims it has already begun targeting various websites and gaming networks in distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, including Reddit, Black Ops 3 and Grand Theft Auto 5, in addition to PlayStation Network (PSN) and Xbox Live.
Reddit was reportedly taken offline momentarily Tuesday morning, due to some of its databases coming “under extreme load.”
Although the site has not disclosed the reasoning behind the disruption, the group claimed responsibility for the DDoS attack on Twitter.
We are going to shut down Xbox live and PSN this year on christmas. And we are going to keep them down for one week straight #DramaAlert
— Phantom Squad (@PhantomSqaud) December 9, 2015
“We are going to shut down Xbox live and PSN this year on christmas. And we are going to keep them down for one week straight #DramaAlert,” read a tweet posted on Dec. 8 by an account allegedly operated by the hacking group (@PhantomSqaud).
Phantom Squad says the group consists of only five members, who claim to be Gray Hat hackers.
Last year, a similar attack on Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox Live networks stopped gamers around the world from playing online. A hacking group known as ‘LizardSquad’ reportedly orchestrated the attacks.
Both networks were taken offline for more than 24 hours, with Sony’s PlayStation Network recovering more than three days after the attack, frustrating hundreds of users who had recently purchased – or had been gifted – consoles.