They later followed up with an updated post announcing that their attack had successfully crashed the game's servers through a series of DDoS attacks for several hours and urging the Pokémon Go staff to reach out to them to fix the issue. A member of the group spoke with TechCrunch about the attack as the trio of teenagers that make up OurMine use them as a way to promote their security services.
Pokémon Go fans had a frustrating time trying to play the hit mobile game over the weekend (15-17 July) as servers again struggled to perform.
A DDoS attack works by flooding servers with so many requests per send that they can not cope, which forces them to crash. In a conversation with Gamespot, Niantic's product marketing lead Archit Bhargava has discussed the future of augmented reality gaming now that Pokemon Go has been so successful and what he'd love to see. Here's hoping that the servers are a bit more robust as the game rolls out in more countries.
The crash comes on the same day that Pokémon GO received its official launch in more than 20 new European countries, including Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
"Pokemon Go" recent server downtime was reportedly a result of a hacking group's cyber-attack. The said Twitter message ended with a notice, as well as an invitation, for players to continue their quest in searching for Pokemon characters in various locations in the real world.
The problems follow the USA launch of the game earlier this month, which caused servers to crash due to overwhelming demand.
"Pokemon Go" was recently released in Germany and the United Kingdom.