Hackers continue to target the online gaming industry with thousands of card numbers and account passwords being released by a group of hackers belonging to users of Amazon, Hulu Plus, Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. The hackers said they were connected to a very broad group of ‘hacktivists’ joint under the name of Anonymous.
The data was discharged in a document posted on a content stockpiling service Ghostbin. The rundown covered 10,000 listings, including retailers like Walmart and Dell or video games platforms like EA Games and Twitch.tv.
The wide-ranging document comprised data about card expiry dates, safety codes and even names. Sony, Hulu Plus, Microsoft and Amazon did not issue any public statements in relation to the alleged leaks.
Friday also marked as the second day when Sony’s PlayStation network was not available online, after a blackout that started gradually hitting the internet, just as video games fans were opening their console filled Christmas stockings.
Another live service that went offline on Thursday, Microsoft’s Xbox Live was up and running on Friday, in spite of the fact that the organization reported issues with a few features toward the evening.
The blackout was claimed via a Twitter post by the Lizard Squad, a team of self-assessed hackers. Their activity was immediately denounced and criticized by numerous video games devotees as well as different hacker groups. One of the critics was the popular New Zealand-based online business visionary, Kim Dotcom. Dotcom, blamed for encouraging Internet piracy, offered this time free coupons for his online security service provided that the Lizard Squad consented to reinstate the Xbox system. Initially, a Twitter account allegedly belonging to the Lizard Squad seemed to take up Dotcom’s offer for the partial reinstating of Xbox on Friday.
So far, neither Microsoft nor Sony disclosed what exactly happened to their systems and specialists stated that it is hard to follow the source of the assaults or verify if the Lizard Squad was truly the group behind the hacking.
A public releases on Sony Online Entertainment’s site held on Friday that the PlayStation system was still offline while a Microsoft help website said Xbox Live was accessible on Friday noon, but reported new issues toward the evening.
The first indications of a possible assault appeared earlier in December when somebody posted on a Lizard Squad Twitter account some threats. The posts said that the group is planning to interrupt the online gaming services on Christmas.
The same Twitter account was used last August to take credit for similar attacks when hackers overpowered company servers with a surge of Interne traffic hacking Sony and Riot Games’ online platforms. The account also claimed at the time that a bomb was set up in a plane carrying a Sony official. The post was actually false. .
Lizard Squad’s asserted assault on Sony’s gaming system the previous summer has additionally incited suppositions that it might have had something to do with the November hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which the FBI has accused North Korea off.
While some specialists say it’s conceivable the North Korean government collaborated with autonomous hackers, cyber- defense experts pointed out that the Lizard Squad Twitter accounts seemed to praise the Internet blackout that hit North Korea in the past week.
In the mean time, on Friday, somebody utilizing a Lizard Squad Twitter ID suggested that the team of hackers was targeting next Tor, an Internet password service. After that, a Tor spokeswoman declared that, indeed, the services was dealing with a cyber assault but it did not expect it to have any effect on the platform’s performance.
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