In 2014, the Grinch who stole Christmas is a lizard. More precisely, a lizard squad, if you’re keeping score. A hacker group calling itself Lizard Squad on Twitter apparently overloaded the Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks to prevent gamers from using their toys on Christmas.
Xbox Live, which is owned by Microsoft, admitted their network was in trouble, writing on their webpage, “We’re aware that some of you are experiencing trouble signing in to Xbox Live, and we want you to know we’re working to address this as quickly as we possibly can. Thanks for your patience! We’ll update you on our progress in a half hour.”
The PlayStation Network, owned by Sony, echoed on their status page: “We are aware that some users are experiencing difficulty logging into the PSN. We will update this article with any changes that occur in regards to this issue. Thank you for your patience.”
The networks crashed on Christmas Eve, as Lizard Squad tweeted, “Jingle bells jingle bells xbox got ran … oh my fun it is to troll of you morons … hey!”