Earlier in December, Lizard Squad promised to take down the PlayStation Network, as well as the Xbox Live network on Christmas day to punish new gamers receiving their PS4’s or Xbox One’s. After the group had made good on their threat, both networks saw major downtime until Kim Dotcom decided to stop the madness.
Access to both networks ranged from limited to none at all, but Kim Dotcom apparently had enough of it. In a private message with someone claiming to be a leader or at least the mouthpiece, for Lizard Squad, Kim Dotcom supposedly paid an uncalled for ransom to get both networks back online.
Kim Dotcom owns an encrypted upload service called Mega. Normally, Mega offers 50 GB of storage for free just for signing up for the service. From there, users can upgrade to four TB of encrypted storage started at €8.33 or approximately $10.14, per month.
Kim Dotcom Provides Proof of Lizard Squad Conversation
In order to get the networks back online, Kim Dotcom sent Lizard Squad 3,000 lifetime accounts on Mega. Once the vouchers for the accounts were received, Lizard Squad stopped the attacks and focused their attention elsewhere.
After the Mega account transaction, Kim Dotcom uploaded a picture of the conversation with Lizard Squad to his account.
Whether or not Lizard Squad will make good on their agreement to stay off PSN and Xbox Live forever is still unknown, as the group has not been kind in the past to Sony or Microsoft. They claim they attack these sources not for any financial gain, but because they can.
According to Lizard Squad, their DDoS-based attack was possible due to rooted undersea routers used on transatlantic cables. Neither Sony nor Microsoft has released any statement regarding their vulnerabilities. Lizard Squad also has not provided proof that the vulnerability exists in this area beside the claimed connection to the attack.
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