Hacker Group Selling DDoS Attacks That Brought Down Xbox Live and PSN
The guys who tried to ruin Christmas for Xbox and PlayStation owners are peddling their insidious wares to those who'd like to ruin other good things for innocent people.
The Daily Dot reports that the nefarious hacker group Lizard Squad, who claims responsibility for the holiday week's Xbox Live and PlayStation Network outages, is offering its DDoS attack services on the online market. Apparently, the Lizard Squad claims that the holiday attacks on XBL and the PSN were a huge marketing ploy to help promote the cyberattack/hacking service, called "Lizard Stresser," that it plans to sell online.
"Welcome to LizardStresser, brought to you by Lizard Squad. This booter is famous for taking down some of the world's largest gaming networks such as XBOX Live, Playstation Network, Jagex, BattleNet, League of Legends and Many More!" Lizard Squad's introduction states. "With this stresser, you wield the power to launch some of the World's largest denial of service attacks."
DDoS attacks basically overloads a server or network's capacities with synthesized traffic that leaves its real users unable to connect. For just $500 a month, customers can launch unlimited DDoS attacks to the target of their choice. There are other payment options available, ranging from $6 to $500 (paid via Bitcoin) based on how long they want the attack to last.
That the "service" is now up for sale is disheartening for sure, as it indicates a more regular frequency with which events like this might happen. Hopefully the rest of the world won't be so tactless as to actually pay these people for such things, but it is the internet, so you never know.