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These hackers were behind Pokémon GO’s troubles this weekend

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David Cornish
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Around midday on Saturday 16 July, as Pokétrainers the world over squeezed the last few drops of battery juice into their handsets and prepared to kiss goodbye to the rest of their data allowance, disaster struck. 

Pokémon GO's servers went down the world over. 

It resulted in a lot of this...

Crying

Frustration

Simpsons jokes

Photoshopped moans

Complaints

Jokes that are actually complaints

But it wasn't Team Rocket

But it wasn't Team Rocket

One group that claims to be behind the app's struggles is OurMine - a 'Social Security' service that offers businesses vulnerability assessments. Basically, they hack you to prove that you're hackable.

OurMine wrote the following message its site: "Today We will attack Pokemon Go Login Servers! so no one will be able to play this game till Pokemon Go contact us on our website to teach them how to protect it!"

The group used a distributed denial of service (DDoS) to bombard Pokémon GO's servers with so much traffic they crumbled under the weight of requests. 

However...

OurMine isn't the only group claiming credit

The hacker group PoodleCorp also claims to have taken down Pokémon GO - and who's to say they didn't also launch an attack of their own simultaneously?

For server updates, follow @PokemonGoApp

The app may experience some brief struggles as it continues its world-wide launch (it's just gone live in Canada, with Asia set to follow).

As it becomes an increasingly popular service, we'd be willing to bet our entire Pokémon collection (it's massive) on more hackers groups taking a shot at the hugely successful app. 

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David Cornish

Shortlist.com’s esteemed Tech Editor. David has a keen interest in video games, Star Wars and stuff that runs on batteries.

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