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In a strange twist, Mega co-founder Kim Dotcom claims that he was responsible for stopping Lizard Squad. He said that he offered the hackers lifetime Premium membership for his file-sharing site in exchange for halting the attacks. Lizard Squad apparently confirmed the deal on Twitter:
Remember... Lizard Squad only gets the benefit of free Mega premium accounts if they don't attack Xbox Live & PSN again. #ThatsTheDeal— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) December 26, 2014
PlayStation gamers aren't as lucky. PSN is still offline according to the latest update on their status site.
"We are aware that some users are experiencing difficulty logging into the PSN. We will update this article with any changes that occur in regards to this issue. Thank you for your patience," Sony says.
The latest tweet from the PlayStation Support account doesn't offer any helpful details on the downtime:
Our engineers are continuing to work hard to resolve the network issues users have experienced today. Thanks for your continued patience!— Ask PlayStation (@AskPlayStation) December 26, 2014
However, the group said late last night that they've halted their attack. This means that PSN should return to normal soon:
Attacks were stopped around 2 hours ago, the current downtime is just the aftermath.— Lizard Squad (@LizardMafia) December 26, 2014