A hacker group by the name of PoodleCorp has promised to take down all Pokémon GO servers on August 1 for a period of at least 24 hours.
Trainers enjoying Pokémon GO may be unable to connect to any of the game’s servers in two weeks’ time, if PoodleCorp follows through with their current plans. The group’s official Twitter account pinned a Tweet Sunday evening that reads “August 1st #PoodleCorp #PokemonGo,” which has already accumulated thousands of combined Retweets and Likes.
“Chaos is entertainment,” said PoodleCorp leader “XO” during a video interview with YouTube user DramaAlert. “We like to piss people off, because we can.”
On Saturday, the official Pokémon GO Twitter account announced they were working to fix server issues; however, three hours prior to that announcement, PoodleCorp claimed responsibility for the service interruption — one they say was executed by performing a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.
XO said his group carries out their plans by “simply just DDoSiNg with a very very big botnet.” He also has a message for Pokémon GO fans who are asking his group to stand down: “find something else to do, because if that’s all you have to do then you need a life.”
PoodleCorp is currently comprised of six members, with some of them coming from another well-known hacker group called Lizard Squad. They have claimed responsibility for pulling off successful DDoS attacks on League of Legends servers, Battle.net, and several others.
Check out the video below for the full interview.