Xbox Live status down with Phantom Squad threat

We’re sad to see that it looks like Xbox Live may be under attack again in the build-up to Christmas. Many users are complaining that Xbox Live is down on December 18 and has been intermittently for several hours.

This has been confirmed by the ongoing Xbox Live status page which at the time of writing still shows a ‘limited’ warning with Xbox Live Core services as well as Purchase and Content usage having problems on both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

You can see a screenshot of this below, plus Microsoft’s description which admits that Xbox Live sign in on Xbox One and Xbox 360 could be down, as well as game invites not working as well.


Meanwhile, it looks like one group has already claimed responsibility for Xbox Live being ‘hacked’. Last year it was ‘Lizardsquad’ and now it looks like ‘Phantom Squad’ are to blame.

You can see the Phantom Squad Twitter page here to take a look at what is being said – there’s also a threat that PSN could be next to go down as well.


What are your thoughts on this happening for the second year in a row, if true? Do you blame Microsoft for not increasing security on their servers given it happened last year?

Let us know if Xbox Live is down on Xbox One and Xbox 360 for you in your area right now.

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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.

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