The holiday season is already past us and yet DDoS hackers are relentless in their takedown of major gaming networks. This time, it’s Microsoft’s XBOX Live that bore the brunt of crippling DDoS attacks from a hacking group called New World Hackers.
New World Hackers, a hacking outfit that has grown to prominence in recent times after the take down of websites such as the BBC and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign website, recently set popular gaming network Xbox Live as their primary target. According to the hacker group, the DDoS takedown campaign is to bring attention to the lack of an adequate security infrastructure employed by major companies.
Speaking to Newsweek, a member of the hacking outfit stated:
Well, didn’t even take as long as I thought. We attacked Xbox to protest. Major companies like this have massive servers but no real protection. We want Xbox to update the protection they have, which isn’t much.
The BBC takedown by the hacking group is widely seen as the largest distributed denial of service attack of all time. New World Hackers claimed that the BBC takedown was merely a demonstration of its DDoS-attack capabilities, insisting that it was merely testing its own strength.
In a further nod to this brutal output that results in crippling attacks, the member of the hacking group further added:
[The Xbox Live attacks] also prove we do have as much power as we say we do, going out to the doubters. Honestly, [we could] knock Xbox off the face of the earth.
— New World Hackers (@NewWorldHacking) February 22, 2016
The outage saw all of North America, vast parts of Europe, Russia, India, Australia, South Africa, Brazil and other countries’ Xbox users unable to get online during the outage.
Microsoft acknowledged the downtime and released a statement via its Xbox platform page, stating:
We’re aware of the issue and our team is working hard to fix things as quickly as possible. Thanks for your patience! We’ll update you as soon as we have more information.
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