Playstation And Xbox Users Forced Offline

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(CNN) — It’s getting there. Sony’s PlayStation networks were still down; Xbox is mostly up, but some functions are limited, their service websites said early Friday.

The buzz in the online gaming scene is that they could be all the way back up soon, after an iconic gamer claims to have intervened to end a alleged hack that inundated them.

Gamers eager to battle online opponents on Xbox and PSN networks tossed their consoles to the ground on Christmas Day — one of the busiest gaming days of the year — while two hacker groups allegedly duked it out on social media over the gaming systems’ connections.

One, Lizard Squad, said it fought to torpedo the networks. The other, The Finest, said it aimed to get them afloat again by exposing the aggressors to law enforcement.

The groups posted messages to Twitter. Neither had a verified account, and CNN cannot confirm their identities nor their claims.

A Twitter account in Lizard Squad’s name claimed responsibility for spoiling the Yuletide fun — and the gaming businesses’ networks.

It said it was “smacking” the two systems, apparently one of several attacks in December. The group took responsibility for keeping each network down earlier this month on separate occasions.

The group had asked for retweets in exchange for ending the problem, but then, late Christmas Eve, things got personal against the other group, The Finest.

“Operations will continue tomorrow. As a result, the group of kiddies who think they are ‘the finest’ will be proven incapable,” Lizard Squad said in a tweet.

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