Spencer says Microsoft working with Sony & Nintendo to prevent future DDoS attacks

xboxIt was around Christmas time last year when Xbox Live and PSN experienced major outages lasting several hours. Gamers were left in the dark as both Microsoft and Sony’s multi-player networks were brought down in a series of vicious denial of service (DDoS) attacks, allegedly by a group calling themselves the LizardSquad. The tech companies just did not or could not act fast enough to stop the attack and revive their servers.

Reports say some of the hackers involved got arrested in the UK since then, but the damage was already done. Fear and unease has been seeded deep inside many gamers but Microsoft wants to look at this as a “learning experience”. Many were left wondering, just how such big corporate systems can be brought down by a couple of individuals sitting in their parent’s basements?

Well, it appears that Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo are now working together and conversations on this important topic are indeed happening.

Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer revealed in a recent interview with Game Informer that he has had talks with Microsoft’s main gaming rivals where the companies shared learning experiences and tried to find ways to work together in an effort to provide gamers with a more reliable and stable playing platform. By tackling the problem collectively, as an industry, they have a better chance at being successful.

“I don’t think it’s great when PSN goes down,” Spencer says. “It doesn’t help me. All it does is put the fear and distrust from any gamer that’s out there, so I look at all of us together as this is our collective opportunity to share what we can about what we’re learning and how things are growing. Those conversations happen, which I think is great.”

Spencer also adds “Our commitment to Xbox One customers is to make sure our service is robust and reliable.”

Xbox Live Services are Limited on Xbox One – sign-in issues continue

xbox-one-controller1After a couple of rocky days for Xbox Live users it appears now that Microsoft is still having issues with their online services for Xbox One after initially reporting the services have been restored earlier today.

According to Xbox Live status page in a new update, Xbox Live Core Services are now “Limited” and affected services listed are “Signing into Xbox Live on Xbox One“. Microsoft offers this generic explanation as of 12/27/2014 7:42:07 PM EST:

“Are you having a difficult time signing in to Xbox Live? We’re aware of this issue, and we’re doing our best to get this sorted out ASAP! Thanks for staying patient, Xbox members. We’ll let you know where we stand on our investigation in 30 minutes.”

In what is widely believed to be a DDoS attack by a hacking group called “Lizard Squad”, many Xbox users world-wide were unable to connect online to Xbox Live since Christmas day. The attacks lasted until today as Xbox Live was coming back online intermittently since last night in different regions but now it appears that the problems have re-surfaced.

It’s unclear whether Microsoft has done anything this time around to permanently resolve this problem as Lizard Squad have claimed responsibility for a number of Xbox Live service take-downs since November. It’s a bit puzzling how these folks seem to be able to easily and successfully repeat their attacks on the biggest gaming network on the planet.

PSN users have also experienced the same type of outage on Christmas day as Lizard Squad didn’t discriminate platforms and turned out to be a huge Grinch this year for all gamers.