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Hackers claim responsibility for Pokémon Go server crash

Massively popular mobile game, Pokémon Go‘s servers are down and while the world collectively freaks out, a hacking group is claiming credit for the server problems.

Hacking collective Poodle Corp announced on Twitter that it had launched an attack to bring the servers down, athough this is yet to be verified.

The game launched in 26 new countries this morning, and it seems likely the mass of new players could be equally responsible for the server issues.

Poodle Corp, which has targeted League of Legends and with DDOS attacks in the last few months, also threatened to launch further attacks in a tweet from one of the group’s purported leaders.

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DDOS, or distributed denial of service, attacks involve flooding a server with requests in order to overload it and eventually bring it down.

Users trying to log into the game are being shown a message saying their information cannot be retrieved from the server.

Thus far, there’s been no word from developer Niantic Labs or Nintendo on the current problems.

Pokémon Go has become a worldwide phenomenon, rising to the top of both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store’s most downloaded lists in hours.

The game is set to have more daily users than Twitter, and has already surpassed dating app Tinder in terms of total downloads.

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