Lizard Squad Member Gets No Jail Time for 50K+ Counts of Hacking (Update)
Kotaku reports that Daybreak Game Company has been struck with some massive distributed denial of service attacks recently, leaving both PlanetSide 2 and H1Z1 unplayable for most of its fans. While the PlanetSide's social media websites claim their servers are up and running, H1Z1 has not been as lucky. These attacks were likely made by Lizard Squad (and possibly Kivimaki himself) in response to CEO John Smedley's public comments about Kivimaki not getting any jail time after being convicted of over 50,000 cyber-crimes. Smedley announced that he would be seeking legal action against Kivimaki's parents (Kivimaki is only 17).
Julius Kivimaki was convicted of over 50,000 counts of cyber-crime in Finland (including shutting down the PSN and Xbox Live during Christmas) and didnt get any jail time.
Game Informer reports that 17-year-old Julius Kivimaki has avoided prison after being convicted of a ton of crimes pertaining to hacking and is the person responsible for the bomb threat called on former Sony Online Entertainment president (now Daybreak Games president) John Smedley's American Airlines flight last year. Kivimaki is also responsible for shutting down the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live services during Christmas. While he claims it was done to raise awareness of how little Sony and Microsoft spend on cyber defenses (and that he supposedly helped bring families together by taking them away from their TV screens), the bomb threat and gloating he did about the attacks suggest that he did them for his own personal amusement. What did Kivimaki get for these charges in Finland courts? A two-year suspended sentence, but there are still plenty of pending charges still on the way.
Many speculate that Kivimaki may have been ordered to combat cyber crime secretly as a part of his sentencing, but we kind of doubt it. While the Lizard Squad is taking pride in Kivimaki getting a slap on the wrist compared to what he was charged with, Smedley intends on seeking legal action against Kivimaki and his family.
“This was the piece of garbage that brought my plane down, leaked my information, and did all kinds of other crap to me,” Smedley tweeted. “It’s important to note - he was convicted of crimes that had nothing to do YET with the PSN DDoS over Christmas. (Yes, he was part of that.)”
“His parents need to be held accountable for his actions in addition to going to jail,” Smedley added. “So I’m coming for you, Julius.”
We hope you succeed, Mr. Smedley.
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