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Experienced Points: How Lizard Squad Stole Christmas

Shamus Young:

Last week a "hacking group" called Lizard Squad took down the PlayStation and Xbox Live networks. On Christmas day. That was annoying, but even more annoying to me is the ignorant and misinformed technology reporting surrounding the story. I don't blame reporters who can't figure out who did what. All we have is the word of self-proclaimed "cyber terrorists" and ass-covering corporations to go by, and each side has motivation to exaggerate or downplay the significance and sophistication of the hack. But while it's tough to know what really happened, at least we should be able to get the technical details right.

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