Lizard Squad Members Arrested for 2014 DDoS Attacks
Six suspected members of the Lizard Squad, the hacker team known for the DDoS attacks on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network in late 2014, have been arrested.
Variety reports that the U.K.'s National Crime Agency (the British counterpart to the Federal Bureau of Investigation) recently apprehended six suspected members of the Lizard Squad. The Lizard Squad hacking team claims responsibility for the DDoS attacks that prevented users from signing into Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network during December 2014. Since most of these attacks took place during Christmas week, millions of newly-opened systems were unable to go online. One of the team's alleged members was arrested a few months ago in Finland and was given a slap-on-the-wrist punishment due to him being under 18. The six suspects who were recently arrested by the NCA are all males between the ages of 15 to 18.
“This multiagency operation illustrates the commitment of the NCA and its partners to pursuing people who think they can criminally disrupt important public services or legitimate businesses,” said Tony Adams, the NCA National Cyber Crime Unit's head of investigations. “One of our key priorities is to engage with those on the fringes of cyber criminality, to help them understand the consequences of cyber crime and how they can channel their abilities into productive and lucrative legitimate careers.”
It sounds like these guys will be getting lighthearted punishments as well.
The National Crime Agency tracked down the six members based on those who bought the Lizard Stresser program, which was a service Lizard Squad sold to overload and shutdown servers. Of course, the previously arrested members of Lizard Squad claim that they shut down Microsoft and Sony's servers just to show how defenseless they are and that they need to step up their countermeasures, which is kind of like breaking into a bank vault just to say they need better security.
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