Terror outbreaks, citizens uprising, army coup attempts and now an attack takes down Pokemon GO. What’s the world coming to?
A hacking group called Poodle Corp. has claimed responsibility for taking down Pokemon GO in one full swoop across parts of the U.S. and Europe using a DDOS attack, according to the Independent.
And, @PoodleCorp claimed on Twitter that this is just the beginning. “Just was a lil test, we will do something on a larger scale soon,” they boasted.
PoodleCorp has recently targeted high profile YouTubers such as Pewdiepie, according to Gearnuke.
A DDOS, or Distributed Denial of Service, is a way troublemakers crash servers by flooding them with so many requests every second that they cannot cope.
Just was a lil test, we will do something on a larger scale soon .
— XO (@xotehpoodle) July 16, 2016
While Poodle Corp is taking credit for the collapse of service, it’s assumed by others that a crash was almost inevitable due to the worldwide out-roll of the application, which is currently available in 26 countries. Simply stated, too many people are playing all at the same time. Whatever the cause, gamers of all levels are rocked by the thought of a Pokemon GO-less weekend and hitting social media to speak their disgruntled minds.
#PokemonGO servers are down worldwide. What am I supposed to do this morning?! Pack for my weeklong vacation?!
Fine, I guess…
— Crystal ⚾️ (@SFGiantsChica) July 16, 2016
The year is 2016. #PokemonGo servers are down. People worldwide struggle to remember what they did a week ago without it *Fade from black*
— Kyle Bonn (@the_bonnfire) July 16, 2016
— Mike Lebrias (@mikelebrias) July 16, 2016
Not to worry, world. The team at Pokemon GO are on the task.
Trainers! We have been working to fix the #PokemonGO server issues. Thank you for your patience. We'll post an update soon.
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) July 16, 2016