If you had trouble logging into Pokémon Go today, you might’ve blamed it on server issues that have been common since the game’s launch. However, a hacking collective is claiming responsibility for this particular slowdown, saying that it brought the servers down with a DDoS attack.
The collective, known as PoodleCorp, took credit over on Twitter for the reported attack. This is the same group that claimed responsibility for a series of hacks on YouTube personalities’ accounts last month.
— PoodleCorp (@PoodleCorp) July 16, 2016
Just was a lil test, we will do something on a larger scale soon .
— XO (@xotehpoodle) July 16, 2016
The servers are definitely seeing some problems this morning. My app got stuck on the loading screen for at least 10 minutes and said there was problems logging into my account.
Of course, this can still be attributed to those widespread server issues players have been experiencing over the past week and a half. The official Pokémon Go Twitter acknowledged the server issues and said it was working to repair them.
Trainers! We have been working to fix the #PokemonGO server issues. Thank you for your patience. We'll post an update soon.
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) July 16, 2016
We’ve reached out to Niantic for comment and will update when we hear back.