Hackers targeting a gaming system’s online network is nothing new — just ask those with personal identifiable information stolen in a April 2011 hack of Sony’s PlayStation Network. However, the latest attack against Sony comes with a more insidious angle: targeting top executives themselves.
On Aug. 24, hackers known as the Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for taking down Sony’s PlayStation Network and Blizzard’s Battle.net. In addition, the group also claims to have slowed down Microsoft’s Xbox Live service. The group claimed that it was performing the attack in protest of the gaming companies’ perceived lack of commitment to online security.