The Phantom Squad who vowed to take down Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network over Christmas with a DDOS for a week long period has gotten an early start. The group targeted Xbox Live and has caused some parts of Xbox Live into an unusable state for some.
The reason for the early start appears to have originated from the group taking offense to some of the comments they received after making their threat.
Maybe if you guys didn’t talk shit about us, we would not hit Xbox Live this early.
— Phantom Squad (@PhantomSqaud) December 17, 2015
After letting up, Xbox Live started to recover with the group saying their attacks had stopped and was the only reason the service was being restored. Shortly after, they promised to target the PlayStation Network although at the time of writing, the service is still running at full capacity.
PSN is next… RT if you don’t want this to happen.
— Phantom Squad (@PhantomSqaud) December 18, 2015
The attention the group has seen on Twitter has been less than favourable, especially when claiming that if Xbox Live and PlayStation Network go offline from their actions then it is the fault of Microsoft and Sony respectively.
— Brad Hitt (@BradHitt75) December 17, 2015