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More DDoS Attacks on the Xbox Live Network to be Expected this Christmas

There was a massive DDoS attack on the Xbox Live network these past few days, and it seems that repercussions are not yet over. Fake Xbox One support accounts are now harassing gamers and many could get caught in the trap.

The responsible for the original attack are the Lizard Squad which also executed a DDoS  attack that crashed Sony’s PlayStation and Entertainment Network back in August. However, it seems that this may be just the beginning, as Lizard Squad said:

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that’s a small dose of what’s to come on Christmas

When it occurred, the Xbox Live attack prevented users from signing on overnight. “We’re currently working to resolve this. Thanks for your patience,” the Xbox support team tweeted just before midnight Monday. On Tuesday, Microsoft’s support site reported everything was “up and running.”

Igal Zeifman, a researcher and product evangelist at cloud -based Web site security provider Incapsula, explained the reasons behind the attack to CIO Today:

As potential culprits, Zeifman pointed to angry gamers looking for revenge on the moderators who kicked them out of a community; rivals in the gaming ecosystem — such as how-to sites or virtual good exchanges — looking to take down a competitor for a larger share of the affiliate fees market; and outright extortionists who know the cost of downtime.

“This trend is likely to continue for two main reasons: First, anyone can access ‘DDoS-as-service’ solutions today and generate mid-sized attacks for a less than $50. Second, the coverage of attacks is instant and widespread. When all you need is a PayPal account, instant Internet notoriety has never been easier,” Zeifman said.

And it seems that the attack itself wasn’t the single annoying thing for gamers. CraveOnline reports that fake Xbox One support accounts are harassing gamers as well as offering out fake free Xbox One consoles, games and accessories.

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