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Police arrest six in connection to the Lizard Squad Christmas PSN and Xbox Live attacks

Six teenagers in the United Kingdom are arrested from connections to the Xbox Live and PSN DDoS from 2014.

During holiday season in 2014, both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network faced devious attacks that took down their systems temporarily. The supposed "Lizard Squad" that took responsibility for it has ended with six arrests in the United Kingdom - all of which have connections to the attacks.

Pinpointing the Suspects

All six suspects are British teens that have been taken into police custody after the United Kingdom's National Crime Agency found traces that connected the teens to purchases of the "Lizard Stresser" that was used in the attacks. The Lizard Stresser is an online service where people pay money to have websites attacked with such force that it could have them down for up to eight hours.

In short, a DDoS (distributed denial of service attack) was launched with the Lizard Stresser that caused both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live to receive fake data, overloading it to the point where the servers were unable to handle incoming users.

Since the attack rendered the holiday season mute for some players, Sony had to rectify the incident by offering their PlayStation Network members an extended subscription status, discounted purchases, and other benefits due to this mishap. Though the fault of the DDoS was neither on Sony or Microsoft's end, they had to take responsibility for the holes in their security.

While all suspects are between the ages of 15 and 18, it's unsure at the moment how charges will work in the event the six are found guilty of committing the malicious attacks against Sony and Microsoft. There's still a lot of work to be done and information to be found before any decision is made.

What charges do you envision for these six teens? Do you think they were just "messing around"? Share your thoughts below!

Published Aug. 29th 2015
  • Venisia Gonzalez
    Featured Columnist
    While financial payback is certainly a start, I will say jail is another punishment to be added, along with a permanent ban from all types of computers and any online connectivity.

    What they did is cyber terrorism plain and simple; it should be treated as such as a lesson and warning to others.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    Good! All the Lizard Squad people do is damage. They don't help anyone, with talented people like that they should be more like Anonymous.
  • StayNoLonger
    Featured Contributor
    They aren't really anything like Anonymous as Lizard Squad rented the Botnet used to DDoS Sony and Microsoft, whereas Anonymous source their own. At the end of the day they were a bunch of kids with too much money and not enough attention.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    That's what I mean, but they should be more like them. Because there are things that corporations don't tell us, that we need to know. So why not look for them, like Anonymous does?

    But then yer, like you said, kids who scream for attention.
  • fuodshfdshfdsjfk
    Featured Contributor
    Finally got caught, eh? Well, they gave me a good laugh while they lasted.
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    I hope they have to all split the collective dollar damage they caused, which I would anticipate is in the many millions if not tens of millions. Those kids should be in debt the rest of their lives.
  • kate.farrow
    Community Manager
    **shakes fist** Dang teenagers!!
  • Jay Ricciardi
    Contributor
    YOUTHS

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