A strange mysterious tweet posted by the hacking group PoodleCorp referring to October 21 as a “battlefield” has a lot of people speculating whether the group was responsible for the massive DDoS cyber attack that disabled major Internet sites.
The renowned hacking group posted the tweet on September 19, promising that something huge to occur on 21st October, and it did. Several of the most popular sites on the Internet – including Netflix, Twitter, Reddit, PayPal and others – crashed because of the massive DDoS cyber attack on October 21. Online gamers also found their games crashing, leading a source to believe that Poodlecorp is the culprit due to the group’s predictive tweet.
— PoodleCorp (@PoodleCorp) September 18, 2016
The source stated, “In reality, it looks like this is again the result of a DDOS attack by hacking group Poodlecorp. This group has already attacked EA Servers in the past and we can tell you that on September 19, 2016 they threatened in advance that they would be hacking Battlefield 1 servers on October 21.”
According to cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs, later that day Cybersecurity firm Flashpoint traced Friday’s extensive internet outage to the Internet of Things.
Flashpoint is now reporting that the attack on Dyn today is in fact being launched by a Mirai-based IoT botnet
— briankrebs (@briankrebs) October 21, 2016
The October 21 attack is also being looked into by the FBI and Homeland Security, though the haven’t figured out the cause or the people behind it yet. Some online conspiracy theorists state that either Russia or the US Government is to blame, while WikiLeaks suggests that the hack was carried out by its supporters. Moreover, sources also imply that the PoodleCorp and Lizards Squad (another hacking group) might have merged together to carry out this attack.
Earlier last summer, PoodleCorp had tried to take credit for massive crashes of the much hyped Pokemon Go gaming app. Pokemon Go servers kept crashing right after the game’s launch, enraging fans as the app became the most highly rated U.S. mobile game ever. “PoodleCorp” went on to claim that the attack over the July 16-17 weekend was their doing.
Pokemon GO users using the app would receive a message once they encountered the app issue. “We are working to resolve the issue. Please try again soon!” The CEO of the game’s developer, John Hanke, said the company wasn’t actually ready for the kind of success the game went on to have. “We thought the game would be popular, but it obviously struck a nerve”, Hanke said.
Once Pokemon Go servers crashed on July 16, PoodleCorp sent out a tweet which the people misunderstood with sources stating that the group had claimed responsibility for the attack.
What is PoodleCorp?
The Independent labels PoodleCorp as a “cyber collective.” Reddit has many threads discussing PoodleCorp theories. The identities of those involved with PoodleCorp are a mystery, however, the hacking group does have a website where it claims its hacks.
The Independent describes how the hack actually works: “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.”
Gearnuke explains that DDoS hacks have targeted other devices, and point out that, “PSN, Xbox Live and many other services have been victims of the attacks in the past.” Gearnuke states PoodleCorp has been after online targets in the past as well, and stating, “The group has been recently taking down YouTubers like H3H3Productions and Pewdiepie but apparently now have set their sights on Pokemon GO.”
PoodleCorp is known for carrying out a series of other hacks as well. Hackread says PoodleCorp also “previously hacked YouTube accounts of WatchMojo, Redmercy, Lilly Singh and Leafyishere.”
Upset users took a hit on PoodleCorp for the small stakes of the supposed Pokemon Go hack:
You have people like Anonymous, who are using their hacking abilities to stop ISIS. Then you have Poodlecorp, DDOSing games.. Good job 👍
— Matt (@ImpureMS) July 17, 2016
A lot of of people didn’t really believe the hack Pokemon Go claims, and the company that creates the app had denied any reports that suggest that it was a hack. iDigitalTimes thinks the hacker claims are suspect, writing, “It is more likely that the servers went down because Niantic released the game in more countries before the servers were stable.”
“App developer Niantic says it’s simply down due to an overwhelming number of downloads,” UK Mirror concurred. Gearnuke adds that it’s unclear whether the July 16-17 weekend crashes were due to a hack or due to some server issues.
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) July 17, 2016
PoodleCorp’s leader was revealed as XO through a Twitter handle. XO had posted tweets promising something bigger but the Twitter site is now taken down. Authorities are still unclear over how and by who the attack was carried out. We’ll only know in due time as the investigation progresses.
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