The popular online game Pokémon Go that gives players the chance to combine the virtual world on their mobile devices and the real world was hacked on Saturday. A group known as PoodleCamp claimed responsibility for the action that has brought down Pokémon GO’s servers using a distributed denial of service attack. A DDOS attack is a denial of service attack in which a company’s servers are flooded with a continuous and massive amount of data that finally crashes the intended victims servers.

A post on twitter by “XO” who claims to be the leader of PoodleCamp tweeted, “Just a lil test, we will do something on a larger scale soon.

Hundreds of tweets responding to the hacking of Pokémon Go have flooded PoodleCamp's Twitter page since the group announced it had hacked the game tweeting, "PokemonGo #Offline #PoodleCorp" on Saturday.

Pokémon Go.

In the game Pokémon Go, players use their smartphones and walk through real locations and as they do their smartphones vibrate to indicate that a Pokémon figure is near them. Once a person sees the figure on their phone, they aim their smartphone at the figure to “throw a Poké Ball to catch it.” The game has gained worldwide attention since its release in July. The game makers just announced this weekend that the game will now be available in an additional 26 countries in Europe.

PoodleCamp claims responsibility.

PoodleCamp has been responsible for hacking others. According to hackread.com the group hacked the YouTube channel LeafyisHere at the beginning of July. LeafyisHere is owned by Calvin Vail and noted for making reactionary and commentary videos. Although PoodleCamp has taken responsibility for the hack of Pokémon Go, there is no independent confirmation of its action.

Pokémon Go reacts.

The creators of Pokémon Go posted this statement on their Facebook page, “The issue causing the server problems earlier today have been identified.

Trainers should once again be able to search for and train Pokémon in the real world. Thank you for your patience as we worked to resolve things.”

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