Last Christmas many kids and adults across the globe woke up to find a shiny new Xbox One or PS4 sitting under their Christmas trees. Eagerly booting up the machines for some cheeky online gaming time (scrabble isn’t fun anymore – sorry nan) but just as they were mentally preparing themselves for some fragging, thousands were disappointed to find that both console’s networks were down for the count. The cause? A motley bunch of modern day scrooges by the name of Lizard Squad.
Well mildly inconvenienced gamers, your revenge has been delivered – as police have now arrested an 18 year old hacker from Merseyside in connection with the ‘attacks’.
While an arrest for a DDOS attack may seem a bit harsh, the suspect in question has reportedly been involved in several ‘swatting’ incidents. This is the incredibly stupid and dangerous act of sending armed US SWAT teams to the home of a chat contact to watch their reaction.
“This investigation is a good example of joint law enforcement co-operation in relation to a type of criminality that is not restricted by any geographical boundaries,” said Craig Jones, head of the Cyber Crime Unit at SEROCU.
“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 who commit offences and hold them to account.
Let that be a warning to you would be hackers out there, try and avoid committing Xbox and Playstation hacks.
Or alternatively, just don’t piss off everyone on Christmas day and you probably won’t get caught.