Lizard Squad Suspect Arrested in Southport, United Kingdom

With Lizard Squad‘s brazen tactics to raise Twitter followers and eventually come into possession of 3000 lifetime accounts on Kim Dotcom‘s encrypted file-sharing service, Mega, one could assume the group was for some reason untouchable. After all, the Christmas Day attack was announced a month or more in advance, and nothing was done to stop or prevent it.

Lizard Squad Suspect Arrest

Now, not a month following the rude boy vandalism and wanton arrogance that was the Christmas Day attack, an arrest has been made in Southport, UK. In custody is a yet-unnamed 18-year-old man police say was involved in at least the DDoS attacks on the PlayStation and XBOX networks.

The arrest was made this morning on seemingly quiet Boundary Street in Southport, England, UK. The UK law which authorizes this arrest is the Computer Misuse Act of 1990, Section 1. The law enforcement agency responsible for the arrest was the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) Cyber Crime Unit in conjunction with information from the FBI. The arrest was big news in the town of roughly 70,000 in the County of Merseyside.

Also read: Zombie CISPA Follows Lizard Squad

Reasonable Doubt

lizard squad stumpThe thing about DDoS attacks is they are rarely conducted from the attacker’s actual computer. Most often, a “botnet,” or series of computers which the attacker has gained control of, are used to conduct such attacks.

While the government is also charging the young man with being involved with at least one “swatting,” the act of getting a serious police presence called to someone’s home address and basically ruining their life for a time, it will be interesting to see the evidence come to light in the case. Your trusted journalists at Hacked will be on the case until its resolution.

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