John Smedley, Lizard Squad Enemy No. 1, Leaving Executive Role
John Smedley is a gaming industry veteran and the former CEO of Sony Online Entertainment, which recently transitioned to Daybreak Entertainment after Sony sold it.
Smedley is also a particular favorite target the Lizard Squad, a group of digital miscreants who’ve terrorized gaming networks, DDoS’d Lenovo, hijacked Google Vietnam, and other acts of Internet hooliganism. Seemingly “for the lulz,” Lizard Squad grounded a flight of Smedley’s last year by calling in a bomb threat. Along with Xbox Live, they cut the Playstation Network off at the knees for most of Christmas Day, a move which Kim Dotcom thought was in bad taste, so he paid off the naughty boys to desist.
Smedley was irate when he found out the deal that Finnish teen Julius “zeekill” Kivimaki received from local authorities. Kivimaki will never see the inside of a jail cell for his activities related Lizard Squad, rather he got a two-year suspended sentence without the possibility of extradition. Smedley, in anger, told his Twitter followers that this wouldn’t be the end of it for Kivimaki.
In response to legal threats against Kivimaki’s family, Lizard Squad members began a new string of distributed denial-of-service attacks against Daybreak’s servers, which host the popular zombie apocalypse game H1Z1 among others.
Now just weeks later, it has been announced that John Smedley is taking a break from Daybreak Entertainment, and when he returns he will not be the CEO. A Daybreak representative told VentureBeat:
I can confirm that John Smedley will be taking some time off from the company for the near-term and transitioning to a different role to be determined. Upon finalization of his plans, further communication will be provided.
No connection between the attacks and Smedley’s departure has yet been drawn.
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