Pokemon GO servers went down after an apparent hacker-attack on the ‘real world adventure’ mobile game and the Internet lost it’s mind.
WHAT HAPPENED TO POKEMON GO
A cyber collective known as PoodleCorp claimed responsibility for the server crash on Twitter.
Poodle Corp claims to have used a DDOS attack, a Distributed Denial of Service, which floods the server with so many requests per second it overloads and crashes.
An entire generation is wandering the streets patiently waiting for the servers to recover. Some are not so patient though, like John Rampton who says ‘Halfway through my 8 mile walk and this happens. Time for an Uber home.’
Others got creative, like Tom Campbell who took matters into his own hands and tried to play the game without his phone.
A Poodle Corp user wrote that this attack ‘was just a lil test, we will do something on a larger scale soon,’ although these claims have not yet been verified as the reason for the crash.
PoodleCorp has recently targeted high profile YouTubers such as Pewdiepie, according toGearnuke.
A DDOS, or Distributed Denial of Service, is a way troublemakers crash servers by flooding them with so many requests every second that they cannot cope.
On Saturday, users across the US and Europe complained they were unable to access the game, or that it was freezing.
Pokémon Go servers also crashed earlier in July soon after launching, due to unprecedented demand.
The incident is one of many international news stories relating to the game since its launch earlier in July.
A man crashed his car into a tree in New York on Friday, later admitting to police he had been distracted by the game.
On Thursday two men in San Diego fell off a cliff after they climbed over a fence in an attempt to catch the animated characters.