- ‘Friends’ gets reunion special on HBO Max, fans go wild Friday 7:37 PM
- Why you should drop everything and start reading ‘Lore Olympus’ Friday 6:27 PM
- ‘Boogaloo’ memes are trying to organize a second civil war—and they’re spreading fast Friday 3:48 PM
- People are disturbed by these McDonald’s-scented candles Friday 3:47 PM
- Season 2 of ‘The Witcher’ is in production Friday 3:16 PM
- Here are some cringey billboards Bloomberg ran in Arizona Friday 2:51 PM
- PewDiePie returns to YouTube after 37-day hiatus Friday 2:01 PM
- Why was a Republican Party Facebook page co-managed by someone in Turkmenistan? Friday 1:26 PM
- The shorthand guide to ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Friday 1:07 PM
- Congress urges Tinder to screen for sex offenders Friday 1:03 PM
- Video shows 9-year-old threatening suicide after being bullied Friday 12:01 PM
- Ex-Goldman Sachs CEO says he might vote Trump because Sanders is too mean to him Friday 11:40 AM
- Twitch streamer says she was banned for body painting Friday 11:39 AM
- Did BTS fans really cause TikTok to crash? (updated) Friday 11:08 AM
- People are selling homemade tampons on Etsy Friday 11:01 AM
Gamer calls 911 over PlayStation Network outage
The police don’t perform Christmas miracles in the face of DDoS attacks, kid.
When you unwrap your new game console and can’t get online, it’s time to call the cops. Right?
Someone called the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office to complain about the PlayStation Network outage that began over the Christmas holiday. If people hear about the FBI investigating DDoS attacks like those launched against PSN and Xbox Live by Lizard Squad, calling the local cops to see if they can help sort of makes sense—especially if you’re completely unfamiliar with the structure of law enforcement.
But this gamer in particular felt the outage was enough of an emergency to warrant a 911 call. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office shared a partial transcript of the call on Twitter.
According to the report from West Palm Beach news channel WPTV, the 911 operator said “Yeah, I guess some people have been reporting it,” when asked by the caller about the PSN outage. Does that mean other people had also called 911 about Lizard Squad’s DDoS attacks?
Dennis Scimeca was the Daily Dot's gaming reporter until 2016. He loves first-person shooters, role-playing games, and massively multiplayer online games. His work has appeared in Salon, NPR, Ars Technica, Kotaku, Polygon, Gamasutra, GamesBeat, Paste, and Mic.