Hopefully the first of many.
This holiday season was a pretty rough one for both, Microsoft and Sony, as both saw their online networks for their respective consoles being brought down and crippled by Lizard Squad, who mounted and launched a DDoS on Xbox Live and PSN, causing grief to a lot of consumers who probably had just gotten brand new consoles for Christmas.
It appears now that an 18 year old man in UK has been arrested on suspicion of being involved in these DDoS attacks. Gamespot reports that the arrest was made as part of a joint effort between UK cybercrime authorities, including the South East Regional Organized Crime Unit and the National Cyber Crime Unit, and the FBI.
“This investigation is a good example of joint law enforcement cooperation in relation to a type of criminality that is not restricted by any geographical boundaries,” SEROCU Cyber Crime Unit head Craig Jones said in a statement.
“We are still at the early stages of the investigation and there is still much work to be done. We will continue to work closely with the FBI to identify those to who commit offences and hold them to account.”
Association of Police Officers cyber security lead Peter Goodman added: “This arrest demonstrates that we will pursue those who commit crime with the false perception they are protected within their own homes or hiding behind anonymous online personas.”
Among the many charges that were leveled at the accused were unauthorized access to computer material, unauthorized access with intent to commit further offenses, and even threats to kill- so he may be in some trouble here.
Personally, on my part, the Lizard Squad has been an absolute nuisance, and they have crossed all limits and boundaries of what is acceptable. At this point, they are just criminals and terrorists, and they should be treated as such, so I am glad to see that tangible action is being taken against them.