Pokémon GO servers DDoS’d, hackers claim there is more to come

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A distributed denial of service hit Pokémon GO servers this weekend.

Throughout the weekend, Pokémon GO players have been having trouble logging in to the game’s servers. While a part of the outage was caused by the game rolling out to 26 new countries at the weekend (but not South Africa, what’s up with that?), hacking team OurMine has claimed that it executed a DDoS attack on Pokémon  GO servers.

“Our Team started the attack of Pokémon servers, and it’s down now,” an OurMine blog post reads. The post continues by requesting that Pokemon GO staff contact the team saying, “if you are a staff there, please contact us.”

However, a day before claiming this, another hacking team claimed that the Pokémon GO outage was its handy work and that it would prove it on August 1st.


A team calling itself PoodleCorp claimed it had ruined the day by of would-be Pokémon GO trainers by executing a DDoS on the Pokémon servers.

Following an interview with Daniel “KEEMSTAR” Keem on his YouTube channel, DramaAlert, a PoodleCorp representative, XO, claimed that the attack on servers was, “just for fun”.

The hacker goes on to say that the team has planned to cut access to all Pokémon GO servers on August 1st.

“We will be taking down all of the servers for Pokémon GO all day long for 24 hours on August 1st,” they said.

XO goes on to say that the team uses a botnet to launch its DDoS attacks. “We are simply DDoSing with the help of a very very big botnet. We have various devices, pretty much all of the internet,” XO said.

To the frustrated players that are left staring at their loading screens during these outages, the hacking team has one message.

“Find something else to do, because if that’s all you do you need a life.”

[Source – TechCrunch]


Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.