Saturday, at around 2 PM, Pokemon GO servers experienced a prolonged downtime that affected all game infrastructure, thanks to a DDoS attack carried out by the relatively new PoodleCorp hacking crew.
As most DDoS attacks against gaming targets, the hackers weren’t really focused on crashing the servers or extorting the company, but more about getting a reaction from the annoyed gamers, which didn’t fail to arrive, on Reddit and Twitter, and with a lot of vitriol.
PoodleCorp playing spoilsport with Pokemon GO players
Just like Lizard Squad and Phantom Squad’s Christmas attacks on the Xbox and PSN networks these past years, the hackers were actually focused on ruining everyone else’s fun.
And we all know how much people like Pokemon GO these days. For example, takeof hundreds of players flocking to a park in New York, just because a rare Pokemon appeared nearby.
The servers came back to normal a few hours later. The legitimacy of the attack was called into question a few hours after, when Nintendothey launched the game to 26 more countries.
Pokemon GO expands to other countries
The new countries soon to be engulfed by Pokemon GO-mania are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland.
It may be that PoodleCorp just capitalized on a planned server downtime to extend the game’s infrastructure to get a boost for their name.
Previously, this newly formed six-member group had defaced a few YouTube channels and launched DDoS attacks on StreamMe, Battle.NET, and League of Legends servers. The group isn’t even a month old, being active since June 22, according to their website.
can anyone verify for us if pokemongo is online or offline, it looks offline to us— XO (@xotehpoodle)
PokemonGo— PoodleCorp (@PoodleCorp)