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Hackers claim to launched DDoS attack that crashed Pokemon Go servers

Ms. Smith | July 18, 2016
A group of hacker claimed responsibility for taking down Pokemon Go servers, although Niantic did not verify the attack.

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Shortly after Pokemon Go launched in 26 new countries, the servers crashed; while sluggish and/or unresponsive servers shouldn't surprise anyone, given the app's popularity even before the added audience from countries across the globe, a hacking collective took credit for the attack.

A group of hackers going by "PoodleCorp," a collective which took credit for hackingpopular YouTube channels last month, took to Twitter to claim responsibility for DDoSing the Pokemon Go servers.

PoodleCorp DDoS Pokemon Go

Thousands of frustrated players who had planned to dedicate their Saturday to catching Pokemon were ticked when the app reported, "Our servers are humbled by your incredible response." Those players took to social media to express their outrage and disappointment.

Niantic, the app's developers, did not blame the server meltdowns on a malicious attack; instead, the company announced, "Due to the incredible number of Pokémon GO downloads, some Trainers are experiencing server connectivity issues. Don't worry, our team is on it!"

On Twitter, Niantic said it was "working to fix the Pokemon Go server issues."

A few hours later, XO, the leader of PoodleCorp, tweeted that crashing the Pokemon Go servers was a small-scale test and something bigger was coming soon.

PoodleCorp attack on Pokemon Go a test

Niantic later claimed to have identified the issues which caused the server problems.

Pokemon Go app did not verify the DDoS attack

A "Pokemon Go Servers" Twitter account pointed to an articleabout PoodleCorp's DDoS attack in the Independent and called it the "conclusive reason for server delays." At the time of publishing, most US players could connect, but "servers are unstable at best while most are down" in the rest of the world.

There is currently no telling if the hacking group was responsible, or if the servers went down under the heavy load from legitimate players, or if it was a combination of both. It seems most people definitely love the game; it even caused a stampede of sorts when a Vaporeon showed up in in New York City's Central Park.

Pokemon Go humor

You don't even have to be a player to appreciate some of the humor the app has inspired.

Cartoonist AC Stuart, aka "Noob the Loser," has come up with a series of Pokemon Go comics about dating a PoGo player. If you've been involved with a gamer at all, then you will most likely enjoy them.

There is also a decent gfycat of the "Pokelympics."

Source: Networkworld


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