Kim Dotcom, the polarizing figure behind the former file-sharing service Megaupload, says he is the reason service has been restored to two of the largest gaming and entertainment portals after they were taken down by hackers.
As a result of widespread DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks on Christmas Day, Xbox and PlayStation users weresuch as Netflix or new multiplayer games like Call of Duty Advanced Warfare and Destiny.
The latest attack doesn't appear related to the earlier Sony hack which targeted the movie "The Interview."
Hacker group Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for the attacks on the gaming networks, and in order to help resolve the situation, tech entrepreneur Kim Dotcom offered the hackers vouchers for his own Mega service.
A Twitter account purporting to represent Lizard Squad announced that it would stop the attacks as a direct result of the offer.
When services began to restore overnight in the US, Dotcom then took to Twitter himself:
Xbox Live and PSN services coming back. Many regions fully restored. Full recovery imminent. Enjoy your gaming holidays. You're welcome :-)— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) December 26, 2014
According to recent reports Xbox Live appears to have been fully restored while some users are still reporting issues with PSN. Tests by CNET seem to indicate the PlayStation network is active, though slow.
Meanwhile, Lizard Squad says it has now set its sites on because "only hackers, miscreants and pedophiles use Tor."
Dotcom launched his Mega service in January 2013 after his original MegaUpload service was taken down by U.S. law enforcement due to suspected piracy by its users.