Hacker Group Claims Responsibility for Downed Pokémon Go Servers

A hacker group called PoodleCorp claimed responsibility for an interruption in service this morning for popular mobile game Pokémon Go.

The outage affected much of the U.S. player base, preventing many players from connecting. Today developer Niantic Labs launched the game in 26 new countries, the added stress of which made it an obvious target time for PoodleCorp to choose for its attack. While PoodleCorp didn’t detail what exactly it did to bring down the servers, it’s likely that they attempted a common method known as DDoS, or Distributed Denial of Service, which overloads the servers with so many requests that they can’t handle the load.

PoodleCorp leader XO claimed on Twitter that the outage was merely a test and portended a “larger scale” attack soon.

Of course, given the existing instability with Pokémon Go’s servers on a normal day — much less on a massive territory expansion day —since it has proven far more popular than Niantic Labs had anticipated, one might be inclined to call Pokémon Go an easy target. Still, Niantic Labs confirmed the server outage earlier today and it appears to be fixed now.