The Lizard Squad hacker group delivered on its promise to attack Microsoft's Xbox Live and Sony's PlayStation Network on Christmas, bringing both console gaming services down. Both services were crippled, but PSN suffered a longer outage, but is back online and operating normally.
The networks were most likely attacked by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, orchestrated by the Lizard Squad, though it is unknown why it took Sony longer to restore service.
It was a rather unfortunate incident for Microsoft and Sony, as many consumers received Xbox One or PlayStation 4 game consoles - and new video games - they were likely excited to test during the holidays. However, Xbox Live was restored on Saturday, and it looks like PlayStation Network regained stability early Monday morning.
"The video game industry has been experiencing high levels of traffic designed to disrupt connectivity and online gameplay," said Catherine Jensen, Sony VP of Consumer Experience, in a blog post published over the weekend. "If you received a PlayStation console over the holidays and have been unable to log onto the network, know that this problem is temporary and is not caused by your game console."