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Kim Dotcom saves Christmas after PlayStation and Xbox attack

Gamers were disappointed this Christmas as both PlayStation Network and Xbox Live suffered massive outages.

It wasn't long before hacking group Lizard Squad claimed responsibility, but anyone who found an Xbox One or PS4 under their Christmas tree quickly discovered that getting an online gaming fix was impossible.

This is not the first time that Lizard Squad has targeted Sony. At the beginning of December, the group knocked the PlayStation Network and Store offline (opens in new tab), but this time Microsoft gamers also suffered.

The attack started on Christmas Eve, and continued throughout Christmas Day. Then an unlikely hero saved the day - Mega's Kim Dotcom.

Both Sony and Microsoft kept would-be gamers updated via Twitter and service status pages, but while both are still currently reporting issues, it seems that a Christmas gift from Dotcom will soon allow for online gaming.

The internet entrepreneur intervened and made contact with Lizard Squad on Twitter, bringing about what he calls "a Christmas miracle".

Dotcom, who came to attention with his Mega Upload (then Mega) cloud storage service, managed to negotiate with the hacker outfit and convince it to back down.

In a series of private messages, Dotcom offered members of the group 3,000 Mega vouchers - worth $99 (£65) each - which can be exchanged for 500GB of storage for a year.

He then posted a tweet saying (opens in new tab): "A Christmas Miracle. How @MegaPrivacy saved @Xbox & @PlayStation from the @LizardMafia attack. Enjoy your games! :-)".

In an extra twist, Kim Dotcom added, "if you leave Xbox Live and PSN alone they will be converted to lifetime". This seemed acceptable to Lizard Squad, but Dotcom warned that "if you attack them again those vouchers will be terminated".

So, if you can't yet get online, it shouldn't be too long before you can.

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