Xbox Live, PlayStation Network down for Christmas after hack attack

Both the Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network online gaming platforms are still down on Friday, Dec. 26, following what seems like a hack attack.

If you have some free time these days and were planning on spending your holidays with some action on one of these two online game networks, you're out of luck. The Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network were apparently hit by a hack attack and continue to have issues getting back online.

According to a new report from USA Today, both services were down for much of Christmas Day after an apparent distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. A group called Lizard Squad has apparently taken credit for the attack, the report further reveals. As a reminder, the same group had previously claimed credit for the attacks on the PlayStation network, as well as online games World of Warcraft and League of Legends, back in August.

Sony has now stated via its PlayStation Twitter account that it was looking into the outages that affected its network, which still appears to be down for now.

"Our engineers are continuing to work hard to resolve the network issues users have experienced today. Thanks for your continued patience!" Sony PlayStation tweeted on Friday, Dec. 26.

The company is expected to fix the issues shortly and resume activity soon, but it apparently still has some kinks to work out.

Microsoft's Xbox Live, for its part, is still reporting "limited" service across its network as well. More specifically, the Xbox support page lists the core services as up and running, but apps such as IGN, Maxim and others are still limited. The company said it's aware of the issues and is working on a fix to get everything back to normal as soon as possible.

For Sony, meanwhile, this attack just pours more gas on the recent fire, as the company was recently the target of another massive hack attack reportedly related to its release of the comedy "The Interview." Following the attack, Sony briefly halted the release of the movie on Christmas Day, but has since made the film available for home video streaming, as well as limited theatrical release. For those unfamiliar with "The Interview," the movie is about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which quite some controversy.

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