The latest outage involving Pokemon Go servers turned out to be a malicious attack led by a group of hackers. These hackers took credit for the Internet attack that caused Pokemon servers to crash over the weekend. The group calls themselves PoodleCorp, and they recently posted a message to Twitter taking credit for the attack.
Using a DDOS attack, the hackers brought Pokemon Go servers to their knees. This caused Niantic Labs hardware to crash, and brought Pokemon Go servers down. Pokemon Go connectivity was restored within a few hours, but the damage had already been done.
As millions of users vented their frustration over not being able to connect, the hackers tweeted victory and promised more to come. An account that claims to be the owner of the PoodleCorp hacker group posted a cryptic message promising more attacks in the future.
“Just was a lil test, we will do something on a larger scale soon,”
The hacker group known as PoodleCorp have a history targeting socially trending companies and users. One of their more recent targets included the YouTube personality known as Pewdiepie, as well as countless others.
The type of attack they used is known as DDoS or Distributed Denial of Service. It’s a form of spam that floods the server with requests, making it nearly impossible for them to function. The server will slow down until finally coming to a crawl and crashing due to the load.
This led to the outage from Pokemon Go servers down. Stranding millions of US and European players, most of which couldn’t even launch Pokemon Go. Their frustration has spilled over to social media, where they’ve been voicing their outrage over the attack.
Although the latest Pokemon server crash affected millions, it’s not the first time. According to the thinly veiled threat from the hacker group, it’s probably not the last time either. One of the other larger Pokemon Go servers crash occurred shortly after launching because of overwhelming demand.
This story about hackers crashing Pokemon Go is just the first in many related news stories of late. Two men recently fell off a cliff playing Pokemon Go, while others are quitting their jobs to play full time.
It’s an interesting time for Pokemon players, as Niantic Labs prepares themselves for an international launch. Do you think that more hackers and attacks will bring down Pokemon Go servers? Leave us a comment below and let us know what you were doing when the latest Pokemon server crash happened.