Hacked? Xbox Back Online But PlayStation Still Down

Microsoft's Xbox Live was up and running on Friday while Sony Corporation's PlayStation remained offline for a second day after a hacker group claimed responsibility for attacking the two Internet gaming services. Thousands of people on Christmas Day reported problems with both gaming systems, and Microsoft and Sony said they were scrambling to fix the problem. Some users were unable to sign in to Xbox Live. The networks, which allow users of the popular consoles to play the video games with a wider online community, first crashed on Wednesday evening and the problems persisted into Friday morning, enraging many users — but especially those powering-up new machines from Santa Claus.