Xbox Live users ran into difficulty signing in and using the online service last night. But apparently it was the work of a group called Phantom Squad, which is claiming credit for the disruption.
Ahead of the outage, the group tweeted a question to its followers asking if Xbox Live uses its millions for better security. Once the service was offline, it sent a mocking tweet.
A few hours later, normal service resumed. But the group claims that this is because it allowed this to happen. "Lmao OF F***ING COURSE xbox live is back online we stopped the attacks," it tweeted.
Xbox Live doesn't seem to be the only subject of its ire. It warned that the PlayStation Network could be next. The service is working as normal at the time of writing. Phantom Squad's Twitter account, on the other hand, has been suspended.
The incident is reminiscent of the DDOS attack that took down both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network services over Christmas last year. Those getting consoles for Christmas this year, or simply hoping to enjoy some online gaming over the break, will be desperately hoping that we don't see a repeat this year.