On Saturday, at around 2 PM, Pokemon GO servers experienced a prolonged downtime that affected all game infrastructure, all due to a DDoS attack carried out by the new PoodleCorp hacking crew.
As most DDoS attacks against gaming targets, the hackers weren’t really focused on crashing the servers or extorting the company but were rather interested in getting a reaction from the annoyed gamers, which didn’t fail to arrive, on both Reddit and Twitter, and with a lot of vitriol.
The servers came back to normal a few hours later. The legitimacy of the attack was called into question a few hours later, when Nintendo announced they launched the game to 26 more countries.
The new are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland.
UPDATE [July 18, 2016]: Pokemon servers are once again under a DDoS attack, but this time from the OurMine hacking crew.