Christmas season is the time for online game services to go down, atleast that’s what the last couple of years have shown us. And it would appear 2016 will be no different. On December 16th, gamers had issues connecting to the Battlefield 1 servers. Initially thought to be a simple server issue, the hacking group Phantom Squad claimed responsibility for the attack in two tweets.
In the above tweet which states “Test”, it would appear this was simply a practice run for more ddos attacks in the coming week leading up to Christmas. I am basing this speculation off of a similar attack in 2014 by the group “Lizard Squad” who also initiated a small “test” attack before claiming responsibility for both Xbox Live and PSN going down on Christmas day. Only time will tell if this is a repeat performance, but it’s probably going to be a good idea to have a single player game ready for anyone who is getting a new gaming system from Santa this year.
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