Kim Dotcom, an internet entrepreneur who became famous after authorities raided his New Zealand mansion in 2012 for running a file-sharing site called MegaUpload, attempted to restore service to Sony and Microsoft’s online gaming networks Thursday night — by bargaining with the hacker collective allegedly attacking the networks.
Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live service have been down for over a day. A hacker group called “Lizard Squad” has claimed responsibility for the attack. Lizard Squad is supposedly flooding Sony and Microsoft’s servers with bogus traffic in what’s called a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.
Kim Dotcom tweeted he’d give members of Lizard Squad a free premium subscription to his new encrypted file-sharing service MegaPrivacy if they agreed to end the DDoS attacks. The tactic worked, but only for a few hours.
Here’s how it all went down:
On Thursday night, Dotcom tweeted that he would give a free lifetime premium subscription to MegaPrivacy to members of Lizard Squad if they agreed to stop the attack.
Lizard Squad agreed.
Attacks were stopped around 2 hours ago, the current downtime is just the aftermath.
— Lizard Squad (@LizardMafia) December 26, 2014
Kim Dotcom then boasted he ended the attacks in a series of tweets.
Xbox Live and PSN services coming back. Many regions fully restored. Full recovery imminent. Enjoy your gaming holidays. You’re welcome :-)
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) December 26, 2014
But a few hours later, Lizard Squad was back at it. Both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network are still down as of Friday morning.
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