Amazon's newly purchased Twitch.tv is offline thanks to a DDOS attack

The group Lizzard Squad has been causing a bit of havoc in the online world lately and after targeting Sony's PS4 network, they have aimed their bots over at the newly purchased site, Twitch.tv. Earlier this week, it was announced that Twitch would be acquired by Amazon for nearly a billion dollars.

The attack has currently knocked Twitch.tv offline and their status page says that several of their other services are being disrupted too. Obviously, this is a major inconvenience for anyone who was planning on watching some gaming tonight as you cannot, at the time of this post, access any of the streams.

No word on when Lizzard Squad will stop targeting Twitch or even why they decided to take down the site; our guess is that they are upset that the service was sold to Amazon. Like many other DDOS attacks, this one will too pass and the service will eventually be restored. Although, we do not know when that will occur and in some cases, these attacks can last several days.

We will keep you updated for when the site returns to normal operation but for now, Twitch is offline.

[Update] The site is back up and fully operational.

Source: Twitch.Tv

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What really pisses me off about these "hacktivists" are that they always claim to do it for "the people" or "the community" when no one has a ######ing problem with amazon buying Twitch because it's a great thing, it's just childish douchebags thinking they are doing something important because:
Streamers instead of getting 50:50 of the money from subs now get 70:30 also Amazon kicks ass, ###### hackers.

Some of these hackers who expose truths and such are great, but I do wish the DDoS script kiddies would ###### off... it's not clever, or difficult, you're just annoying people. Also: the generic hacker ###### who exploit vulns in stuff like Wordpress (i.e, my website, which is a personal blog and nothing more) before you have a chance to update, and replace it with a single page claiming they're "H4cKing 4 ISLAM," like that makes any ######ing sense.

It's up to the police to enforce the law. Not regular citizens. And you want to beat up someone because they make you unable to watch some online streams for some days? If so, you really need help.

Psyco359 said,
Instead of executing them they should be forced to live the rest of their lives without any form of technology :p

Truly a fate worse than death.

Something is wrong with society if losing access to an online service for some days is enough to wish death upon whoever caused it. :s

Lamp Post said,
Something is wrong with society if losing access to an online service for some days is enough to wish death upon whoever caused it. :s

There's DEFINITELY a lot of stuff wrong with society now a days and it's not just from losing access to an online service! Been way to much inbreeding or something for people to be the way they are now!!

Does seem to have been a lot of DDOS attacks on various site lately.

cork1958 said,

There's DEFINITELY a lot of stuff wrong with society now a days and it's not just from losing access to an online service! Been way to much inbreeding or something for people to be the way they are now!!

Does seem to have been a lot of DDOS attacks on various site lately.

This has gone beyond DDoSing games. They are calling bomb threats on airplanes as well which would be costing lives. This Lizard Squad/Derp Trolling needs to be put away. They should be DDoSing something worthwhile to show their power not against things that don't matter and putting people's lives at risk.

No word on when Lizzard Squad will stop targeting Twitch or even why they decided to take down the site; our guess is that they are upset that the service was sold to Amazon.

Or they just like trolling everyone? Isn't that what they've been doing to individual streamers (and CEOs lol) for the past few weeks anyways? What makes Twitch any different?

I've heard mostly relief that Amazon got to Twitch instead of Google or Facebook.