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Xbox, PlayStation online link downed by hackers

Lizard Squad claims 'credit', wants players to retweet its statements

GAME BOY: Denial-of-service assaults can be difficult to deflect, even if a company has ample warning they are coming, because they are executed by thousands of hacked computers performing normal but database-intensive activities, such as performing searches or downloading videos, all at the same time.

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MICROSOFT Corp's Xbox Live and Sony Corp's PlayStation Network, the Internet services video gamers use to play online, were hit by connection failures on Christmas Day, with hackers Lizard Squad claiming responsibility.

The group, which took credit for an attack on Sony...

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