Pokémon Go Servers Suffer Downtime, possibly due to DDoS attacks

Pokemon Go

With server issues, Pokémon Go players may have had trouble catching much this weekend and it wasn’t merely due to the tremendously popular game crashing a lot on account of a massive new roll-out. A hacker group has claimed responsibility for the server outage, with DDoS attacks.

A hacking group known as PoodleCorp has claimed responsibility for Pokémon Go servers crashing on Saturday, an attack which coincided with a roll-out of the tremendously popular game in 26 new countries.

While its claim is yet to be verified, the hacking group has notable targeted several YouTube profiles, including the most followed YouTuber of them all, Pewdiepie.

The claim was made via a social media post on PoodleCorp’s Twitter account:

PokemonGo #Offline #PoodleCorp

The group also re-tweeted another post from the supposed leader of the group, who implied that another bigger attack was also coming. The poster wrote:

Just was a lil test, we do something on a larger scale soon .

Several users took to social media to complain about the outage during a time when the gaming phenomenon is catching on like wildfire around the world, sending Nintendo share prices skyrocket by 86% in a week’s time.

I’m really pissed off that Pokémon Go is down because a group of killjoys decided it would be fun to hack the servers and take them offline.

— Meg Bethany Read (@triforcemeg) July 16, 2016

Pokemon GO got DDoS‘d and DDOS became a trending topic lmao\

Earlier this week, a security researcher discovered a potentially major security flaw win the application.

The augmented reality game has captured the imagination of people around the world, wherein players capture virtual Pokemons before collecting and using them to battle other Pokemons captured by other players. Released on July 7, ten days ago, the application has already been downloaded over 10 million times on Apple and Android devices.

A new roll-out saw the game now available in 34 countries, including Australia, the United States and almost all of Europe.

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Samburaj is the contributing editor at Hacked and keeps tabs on science, technology and cyber security.