Xbox Live and PlayStation Network Down Due To Apparent Attack



Merry Christmas to all the gamers. Xbox Live and PlayStation network are down today due to what appears to be a DDoS (denial of service) attack. A few weeks ago, the hacker group Lizard Squad threatened to take both services down on Christmas. They have taken the services down before, and their Twitter feed is indicating they are at it again. Lets hope they back off soon as Sony and Microsoft are basically at their mercy until they do.

Unfortunately many games require that the user be logged into Xbox Live or PlayStation Network before they can play, and with today being Christmas there are surely many people with new game consoles and games they are wanting to play. Ba humbug!



FTC Releases “Package Delivery” Themed Scam Alert



The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a Scam Alert addressing a “Package Delivery” themed phishing campaign regarding package delivery notifications from the U.S. Postal Service.  Scam operators often use false information linked to reputable organizations to imply the email is legitimate.

Users are encouraged to review the FTC Scam Alert for details, and refer to the Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams Publication for information on email scams.