Alleged PSN, Xbox Live hacker shows face during TV interview

This still image shows alleged hacker "Ryan" during an interview with UK broadcaster Sky News (Sky News / AP Photos)

A self-proclaimed hacker who says he is partly responsible for disrupting gaming services on Xbox and Playstation consoles on Christmas Day said the attack was meant to expose poor security networks.

Speaking to UK broadcaster Sky News on Saturday, a man who gave his name as "Ryan", and who is allegedly a member of the self-proclaimed hacking group "Lizard Squad," said the attack was carried out by a group of three or four people.

"Why we did it? Mostly...to raise awareness," Ryan told Sky News. "If they can't protect against the attacks on their core business networks then I don't think they're really doing that much on their overall level of security... Customers are still giving these companies their credit card numbers and such."

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The hack on Sony and Microsoft's networks began early on Dec. 25, just as eager video game players were unwrapping new consoles on Christmas morning.

"I'd be rather worried if those people didn't have anything better to do than play games on their consoles on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day," said Ryan. "I mean, I can't really say I feel bad. I might have forced a couple of kids to spend their time with their families instead of playing games."

Both Sony and Microsoft are still refusing to say what exactly disrupted their networks.


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