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Xbox Live down suddenly after new DDOS threat

Within the last hour, we have received a number of complaints suggesting that once again, Xbox Live is down today. We just checked our own system and had no problems with the Xbox Live login working as normal, but judging by reaction on social media, Xbox Live may have been targeted with a new DDOS threat.

After the problems over Christmas, this is obviously the last thing that we wanted to see. The hacking group known as ‘Lizard Squad’ were behind most of the attacks over the Holiday period, but we have discovered that a new individual is somewhat claiming responsibility for the Xbox Live downtime on January 6.

First of all, you can check the official Xbox Live server status page here, with Microsoft confirming that at the moment there doesn’t appear to be any major problems with the service – other than a separate minor issue involving Xbox 360 Minecraft players.

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However, complaints on Twitter verify that Xbox Live did indeed suffer a brief period of downtime, in what could have been an attempted Xbox Live DDOS hack from ‘TopKekSquad’.

We’ve embedded a Tweet above which shows the Twitter user TopKekDDOS claiming responsibility for the Xbox Live outage today, by saying that they had sent ‘several packets through Xbox Live’, angering the community in the process.

Obviously we can’t confirm whether this user is indeed personally responsible, but we did want to give you a heads-up on the situation if you did suffer a brief moment when you couldn’t log in.

Let’s hope that Microsoft are on top of things and that they are better equipped to deal with future attacks, especially given what happened with Sony seemingly coming off the worst of the two.

Did you experience a brief outage with Xbox Live down today, or can you log in just fine at the moment? What is your reaction if a new hacker group is trying to ruin everyone’s day again?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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