The hacker crew calling itself the "Lizard Squad" has followed up on high profile assaults on Sony over the weekend with online attacks on Xbox Live and Twitch, a broadcast platform for gamers.
Lizard Squad knocked out Twitch after launching a denial of service attack on the service on Tuesday night, but XBox Live proved more resilient to a similar assault, as the hacktivist group itself acknowledged in an update to its Twitter account on Monday.
The assault on Twitch ended after four Twitter users acceded to the groups demands to tweet selfies with "Lizard Squad" written on their foreheads.
By Dan Heilman / NewsFactor Network August 27 2014
Are they dangerous or just obnoxious? As is often the case with especially vocal hackers, that’s what many are wondering about the group Lizard Squad, especially after it tweeted out a bomb threat that grounded a flight carrying a Sony executive over the weekend, among other malicious acts.
The group has also successfully targeted gaming networks including Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live in recent days before making bigger news by diverting a plane carrying Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley by claiming his flight was carrying explosives. That stunt got the attention of the FBI, although the group hasn’t been tracked down yet.
"@AmericanAir We have been receiving reports that @j_smedley's plane #362 from DFW to SAN has explosives on-board, please look into this," the group tweeted Sunday.