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Hackers claim responsibility for PlayStation and Xbox Christmas slowdown

Users of Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox Live gaming networks experienced connection problems on Christmas Day, and a hacker group called Lizard Squad claimed responsibility. The group said on Twitter that it had snarled both networks with distributed denial of service attacks, which overwhelm servers with phony traffic. Both companies said they were investigating the outages. Gaming networks often get swamped with traffic over the holidays as people sign on and download updates for new consoles.