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Who Really Attacked Sony and Microsoft’s Networks?

Multiple groups are taking credit for attacking Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live starting on Sunday that still limited access to the services Monday afternoon.

Groups operating under the names Lizard Squad and FamedGod have been feuding with each other on Twitter over who should get credit for the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that flooded the two networks with heavy Internet traffic and limited the ability to play games online.

DDoS attacks aren’t designed to steal personal information, like credit card data or passwords, but overwhelm online networks to the point where many services can no longer operate.

Lizard Squad reportedly began its campaign targeting Riot’s “League of Legends,” Grinding Games’ “Path of Exile” and Blizzard’s Battle.net, home of “World of Warcraft,” before moving on to the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live.

SEE ALSO: Why Hackers Took Down Sony’s PlayStation Network

But FamedGod wasn’t having it, turning to Twitter and going as far as posting the IP addresses of Lizard Squad’s members in order to stop them from taking more credit on Sunday.

https://twitter.com/FamedGod/status/503612994904145922

Still on Monday afternoon, Lizard Squad said it had another victim in sight: Twitch, which Amazon announced it had acquired for $970 million.

https://twitter.com/LizardSquad/status/504051185004085248

On Aug. 20, Lizard Squad tweeted to the FBI: “Come @ me.”

After Lizard Squad tweeted about a bomb on board an American Airlines jet carrying Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley, Sony confirmed that the FBI is indeed investigating the threat.

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