As the servers were down on Sunday, the Pokémon Go players could not connect to the server to play this hugely popular game throughout the day. The famous hacking group OurMine took the full responsibility of this incident and claimed that they initiated a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack against the Pokémon Go servers. A dedicated DoS attack is a hacking procedure, compromises the server by sending a series of rapid requests, which blocks the legitimate users from accessing the service. The hacking collective even also demanded that the person manning the Pokémon Go servers contact OurMine to protect the servers.
OurMine, which gained attention by hacking social media accounts of various tech gurus and prominent personalities like Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and current Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, posted on its website that they would attack the Pokémon Go servers for three to four hours, and no one would be able to play this world renowned game during that time span.
The hacking group, whose IP address has reportedly been tracked to Saudi Arabia, mainly targeted the login servers and posted an announcement on the OurMine web page stating, “No one will be able to play this game till ‘Pokemon Go’ contact us on our website to teach them how to protect it,” before they initiated the Distributed Denial of Service attack.
The main motto of this hacking group is to advertise their own “security services”. A member of OurMine insisted that they attacked the Pokémon Go servers to vouch for and to promote the need the of a stronger security service. He also claimed that if the collective didn’t hack the social media accounts of the famous personalities and expose their weak passwords along with accounts’ poor security, someone else would do. The group charges from $30 to $5,000 for their security services.
Trainers! We have been working to fix the #PokemonGO server issues. Thank you for your patience. We’ll post an update soon.
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) July 16, 2016
However, Pokémon Go has claimed on its official Twitter handle that the server problems have been identified and that the team was working on to resolve the issues, Although, as the game is expanding to more countries, numerous users are complaining of bugs and glitches in the app.