Hackers, who go by the moniker PoodleCorp, have announced that Pokémon Go will be knocked offline on Monday, August 1st. The threat issued by the PoodleCorp group is credible because they have already managed to hit the game's servers and crash it in the past week.
The PoodleCorp group claims it will take Pokémon Go offline for about 20 or so hours, essentially the whole day, using a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. DDoS attacks are made possible by devices flooding servers with requests, causing the server to crash. PoodleCorp allegedly has access to a botnet which consists of 600,000 devices which include DVRs and dedicated servers. These types of botnets can easily be bought or rented on the dark web so there's no real hacking going on.
The reasons for the attacks which will supposedly take place on August 1 are as petty as ever. Xotehpoodle, the group's supposed leader, is quoted as saying:
“We take the servers offline because it is popular right now and nobody can stop us. We do it because we can, nobody can stop us and we just like to cause chaos. We chose August 1 so we have time to relax and not care about doing anything.”
PoodleCorp's Twitter account first posted a status update on June 23, a day after their first attack against WatchMojo. Other targets hit by PoodleCorp include RedMercy (Youtube channel), iiSuperWomanii (Youtube channel), League of Legends, LinusTechTips, Battle.net, 21savage, LeafyIsHere (Youtube channel), StreamMe, h3h3 (Youtube channel), and finally Pokémon Go (July 16).