A very happy new year to you all
Millions of gamers experienced disrupted networks on a day they should have been having fun with friends and loved ones. A group called the “Lizard Sqaud” crippled the Xbox and PlayStation gaming network. Let me add that both networks have since been restored but the culprits are being sought by authorities.
How they did it
They hammered both networks with internet traffic called denial of service (DDoS) attack. According to the digital attack map, a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to make an online service unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources. They target a wide variety of important resources, from banks to news websites, and present a major challenge to making sure people can publish and access important information.
We have now learned that in spite of the much bragging online by members of the “Lizard Squad”, one of them may finally have been arrested.
According to a report from The Daily Dot, British law enforcement agents from the South East Regional Organized Crime Unit have arrested an alleged member of the Lizard Squad. 22-year-old Vinnie Omari reportedly confirmed to the website that he had been arrested, and he furnished a photo of the search warrant police reportedly used to raid his home.
Here’s a copy of the warrant below;
Here’s the full press release according to BGR
Released on behalf of SEROCU – Man arrested in connection with fraud and Computer Misuse Act offences
Wednesday 31 December 2014, 6:22pm
The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) has arrested a 22-year-old man from Twickenham on suspicion of fraud by false representation and Computer Misuse Act offences.
The arrest yesterday (30/12) is in connection with an ongoing investigation in to cyber fraud offences which took place between 2013 and August 2014 during which victims reported funds being stolen from their PayPal accounts.
The arrested man was released on bail until 10 March.