Everyone remembers how last Christmas, the “hacker” group Lizard Squad, like the veritable twatwaffles they are, took down PSN & XBLA.
Now, a new hacker group has promised to do the same thing – except this time the DDoS attack will go on for a week.
We are going to shut down Xbox live and PSN this year on christmas. And we are going to keep them down for one week straight #DramaAlert
— Phantom Squad (@PhantomSqaud) December 9, 2015
They are also claiming that they have nothing to do with the infamous Lizard Squad. Seems legit.
So, is such a lengthy takedown using a DDoS method even possible? The answer is, not really.
Even with the most sophisticated botnets and the sheer amount of bandwidth needed in order to execute such an attack, it would probably be about a day before measures are taken to stop it.
As we all know, a really determined DDoS attack can’t be prevented initially, but once they’re underway both the ISPs and server owners can begin to offload the malicious traffic.
Another thing to keep in mind as well, doing a DDoS for such a lengthy period actually helps the authorities. It would give them far more opportunity and data to use to track where the C&C server is for the botnet.
Given that they probably wouldn’t have set up the botnet themselves, this could also hurt their relationship with other, more legitimate hacker groups.
So, while a lengthy DDoS takedown is technically possible, it would be extremely hard to pull off and would potentially lead the authorities right to them.