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Playstation, Xbox networks down after Christmas hack

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Posted at 3:18 PM, Dec 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-25 18:50:38-05

If you got a new video game for Christmas, you might not be able to log on just yet.

Two major video game services, Sony's Playstation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live, were down Thursday for many across the country. A hacker group called Lizard Squad claimed responsibility, BBC reports.

Bloomberg reports that Lizard Squad may have ties to the Guardians of Peace, the North Korean hacker group that attacked Sony over the release of its film, "The Interview."

An online connection is a requirement to play many modern video games. Sony and Microsoft said they are investigating the latest attack and are trying to restore service. 

Gavin Stern is a national digital producer for the Scripps National Desk.