The Lizards Who Stole Christmas: Lizard Squad Makes Good on Threats

At the beginning of December, Lizard Squad, earlier reported here as being linked to the Sony Pictures hacks primarily credited to the Guardians of Peace, promised to take down the Sony PlayStation Network and the XBOX Live network on Christmas day. The group’s Twitter account was lively on Christmas day ranging from bizarre rap lyrics to seemingly arbitrary demands.

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They apparently made good on their threat, with access to the networks being limited or not at all. A Twitter user even claimed to be the leader of the group, as seen below, and in another tweet said that the networks would not be let back up if he did not reach 5,000 followers by the end of the night.

For the Lulz

Lizard SquadThe group, as earlier reported, “does what they do because they can do what they do,” and provides no political or financial motive for its public attacks. Conversely, the attacks it does not publicize are done for money, they claim, adding that these attacks are less often than the ones they do for fun.

Taking a democratic bend, they made a poll-like tweet (see below) which said that users should retweet if they wanted to see Xbox Live back online or favorite the tweet if they wanted to see the Sony PlayStation Network back online. At time of writing, far more people apparently wanted their PSN back.

10-2-lizardsquadDespite the claim on their website earlier this year that “behind the green reptiles and other bullshit, we have lives believe it or not, things to do, people to meet,” this latest attack comes on Christmas day, a day that most Westerners spend primarily with their family and friends in celebration. Some might say this act is overall reprehensible since so many children would have been receiving new video games rendered inoperable by lack of access to the online services. Others might speculate that their goal is to urge kids to get offline and spend time in the real world, but the narcissistic nature of their tweeting directly contradicts any such theory.

Images from Lizard Squad and Shutterstock.



P. H. Madore has covered the cryptocurrency beat over the course of hundreds of articles for Hacked's sister site, CryptoCoinsNews, as well as some of her competitors. He is a major contributing developer to the Woodcoin project, and has made technical contributions on a number of other cryptocurrency projects. In spare time, he recently began a more personalized, weekly newsletter at