Pokemon Go players were unable to get their game for six hours as hackers crashed its system.
A hacking group called itself PoodleCorp claimed responsibility for the outage that the group hinted that something on a larger scale will happen next, but app developer Niantic says it’s simply down due to an overwhelming number of downloads.
The group PoodleCorp have more than 80,000 followers on Twitter appeared to claim for the crash saying:
— PoodleCorp (@PoodleCorp) July 16, 2016
Just was a lil test, we will do something on a larger scale soon .
— XO (@xotehpoodle) July 16, 2016
The app developer Niantic say that th ecrash is due to an overwhelming number of downloads.
A message on their website said:
“Due to the incredible number of Pokémon GO downloads, some Trainers are experiencing server connectivity issues.
“Don’t worry, our team is on it!”
According to Nintendo Insider, PoodleCorp targeted League of Legends and Battle.net with distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.
The Pokemon Go is an augmented-reality game that is played on a smartphone. Over 10 million users downloaded the app making it the most popular game ever, using the phone’s camera to superimpose characters on the real world.
Pokemon Go mobile game has also caused some controversy including reports of serious injuries to people playing the game who weren’t paying attention to their surroundings, in just short time since its release.
There have been reports of crashing cars on a tree while driving, prohibits playing Pokemon Go game on museums such as the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C., as well as players calling 911 in Los Angeles just to request access to fire stations where creatures were spotted.