For console gamers, the holiday season of 2014 was a dark time. Millions were rendered unable to play online multiplayer on PSN as well Microsoft’s Xbox Live Network.
Self righteous team of wanna-be hackers claimed the responsibility for the attack and even issued a warning few weeks before it happened. Sony isn’t known for its network stability even if you rule out these attacks, but Microsoft is. To me, Xbox Live being the victim was far more concerning.
So what exactly are these companies doing to secure their network? How will they fight this war? Speaking in an interview, Xbox Division’s heart and soul Phil Spencer addressed the issue by saying:
Our commitment to Xbox One customers is to make sure our service is robust and reliable. While there wasn’t any security threats in the holiday DDoS attacks, Spencer says it’s just as important to Microsoft as having a stable service.
He further revealed that Microsoft is speaking with both Sony and Nintendo to work together. Spencer says PSN being down doesn’t benefit him:
I don’t think it’s great when PSN goes down. It doesn’t help me. All it does is put the fear and distrust from any gamer that’s out there, so I look at all of us together as this is our collective opportunity to share what we can about what we’re learning and how things are growing. Those conversations happen, which I think is great.
Individually it will surely be hard for MS, Sony and Nintendo to fight the battle against DDoS attack. However, the idea of them working together could give all three a massive advantage. Hopefully, we will get some solid results based on this collaboration.