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Two More Arrested in Connection with the Lizard Squad

Posted on October 10th, 2016.

The December 2014 attacks on the Xbox Live and Playstation gaming networks were infamous, premeditated, and claimed by a group calling itself the Lizard Squad. The sinister nature of attacking networks used by children, particularly on Christmas day when many were getting new consoles as gifts, gave rise to the infamy of the Lizard Squad...

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Cybersecurity

World of Warcraft Servers DDoS’d Offline by Lizard Squad

Posted on April 14th, 2016.

A DDoS attack targeting game developer Blizzard’s servers has disrupted gamers from logging into popular games such as Diablo 3 and World of Warcraft. Infamous DDoS group Lizard Squad have taken credit for the outage. A DDoS attack is widely known as the most common means to a cyber-attack or cyber-vandalism. Government websites, private...

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Xbox Live Suffers DDoS Disruption, Playstation Network May Be Next

Posted on December 18th, 2015.

A DDoS attack initiated by grey-hat hacker group Phantom Squad may have taken Microsoft’s Xbox Live online network offline for at least 3 hours today. If the hacker group’s threats are to believed, Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN) may be next. Gamers, look away. This is going to make for painful reading. For the second time in two years,...

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DDoS Attacks

Hacker Group Makes DDoS Threats against PlayStation Network & Xbox Live This Christmas

Posted on December 16th, 2015.

 In a series of tweets posted today on Twitter, a grey-hat hacker group who call themselves the Phantom Squad have threatened to disrupt gaming networks with DDoS attacks targeting Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox Live. This might resemble familiar reading for console gamers everywhere. A group of hackers who dub themselves ‘the...

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10 Most Notorious Hacking Groups of All Time

Posted on September 15th, 2015.

Want to get caught up real quick on the history of hacking? This article on the 10 most notorious hacking groups of all time will help you. Don’t forget to check out our article on the 10 most notorious hackers of all time.  1. Lizard Squad Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for the cyber attacks on Malaysia Airlines which...

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Business

John Smedley, Lizard Squad Enemy No. 1, Leaving Executive Role

Posted on July 23rd, 2015.

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...

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Breaches

Finnish Hacker Convicted of Lizard Squad Christmas Antics

Posted on July 8th, 2015.

Readers will remember the December antics of the Lizard Squad, in which the group took down the PlayStation and Xbox gaming networks for several hours, specifically aiming to disrupt the fun of children getting new consoles on the major holiday. The high-profile attacks led MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom to pay a sort of ransom to the...

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Breaches

British Lizard Squad Suspect Arrested Among 56 Hackers

Posted on March 8th, 2015.

Those pesky lizards who thought they were untouchable? Well, for the second time, British law enforcement has arrested one of them. Or so they suspect.

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DDoS Attacks Land 51-Year-Old UK Hacker Under Arrest

Posted on February 24th, 2015.

It’s all fun and games until you get caught, right? Well, in the eyes of the United Kingdom it’s never just fun and games when it comes to hacking. A 51-year-old man from Merseyside is now facing serious jail time for his distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that happened in 2013.

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Taylor Swift Hacked on Twitter and Instagram, Naked Photographs Ransomed For Bitcoin

Posted on January 28th, 2015.

Last night, Taylor Swift was the victim of a hack on her Twitter and Instagram accounts. She has since regained control, but for a while hackers had free reign over her profiles.

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Gaming

Lizard Squad Suspect Arrested in Southport, United Kingdom

Posted on January 16th, 2015.

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...

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Cybersecurity

Zombie CISPA Follows Lizard Squad

Posted on January 12th, 2015.

Remember CISPA, the draconian law and cousin to SOPA and PIPA, which would give the US government unprecedented control over that champion of intellectual freedom, the Internet? Well, thanks to the recent antics of hacker group Lizard Squad and the government’s insistence that these actions were actually those of “rogue...

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Lizard Squad Fails Hard

Posted on January 3rd, 2015.

Lizard Squad (currently: @LizardMafia), the bane of Sony Playstation and Microsoft XBOX online gaming communities, was the DDoS Grinch that stole Christmas gaming this year. Neither platform was usable for more than thirty minutes, and those brief respites were tied to Twitter account pumping.

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Communication

Goodbye Skype, Hello MegaChat: Kim Dotcom Reveals Encrypted Video Call and Chat

Posted on December 29th, 2014.

It’s no secret that the United States government has access to citizen information through various channels, and even people outside the U.S. borders aren’t safe from their watchful eye. It’s no longer a question of morals and ethics, but a dilemma people face to be either complacent or to find an alternative to protect their identity.

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Gaming

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

Posted on December 26th, 2014.

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...

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When Lizards Attack: Security Experts Say Lizard Squad Likely Involved in Sony Hack

Posted on December 25th, 2014.

Earlier this year, a group of hackers ruined the day of a lot of gamers one day when they knocked out the servers of the online role playing game Runescape as well as League of Legends. For perspective, Runescape’s website is the 6,000th most popular page on the internet. Now, they are being linked to the Sony Pictures hack. Who is...