You may need to dust off Scrabble and Monopoly this holiday season after hacking group Phantom Squad has promised on Twitter that they will take down the PlayStation network and Xbox over the Christmas period. This is not an original idea; last year, another group called Lizard Squad did just that and took down both. If successful, not only would players be unable to pit their wits against other gamers online but anyone unwrapping a new console under the Christmas tree will find it rendered useless as it requires network support to set up.
Phantom Squad claim their motivation is to demonstrate the lack of cyber security afforded by Sony and Microsoft despite the huge revenue earned by these companies. However, some industry commentators feel that this could just be a bit of festive mischief with a dash of attention-seeking thrown in for good measure.