If you’ve been having a little trouble connecting to Pokémon Go today, take some solace in the fact that you aren’t the only one: fresh off a rollout in Europe, the beloved mobile games servers have gone down across both Europe and North America.
“Due to the incredible number of Pokémon Go downloads, some trainers are experiencing server connectivity issues. Don’t worry, our team is on it!” explained developer Niantic on its website. However, something slightly more sinister may be at play here: according to reddit, PoodleCorp — who has previously targeted the likes of popular YouTuber Pewdiepie — is actually responsible for the downed servers thanks to a DDoS attack.
PoodleCorp has recently targeted high profile YouTubers such as Pewdiepie, according toGearnuke.
A DDOS, or Distributed Denial of Service, is a way troublemakers crash servers by flooding them with so many requests every second that they cannot cope.
On Saturday, users across the US and Europe complained they were unable to access the game, or that it was freezing.
When news spread of the attack, players took to social media to voice their outrage.