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Lizard Squad Member Arrested in the UK

Police primarily interested in suspect PayPal activity but also searching for links to DDoS attacks. While the FBI has confirmed that it is investigating Lizard Squad following the group’s PlayStation Network and Xbox Live DDoS attacks over Christmas, the first arrest has been made by British police. The South East Regional Organized Crime Unit (SEROCU) in the UK announced the arrest of a member of cyberattack group Lizard Squad in a press release. The English law-enforcement agency has placed 22-year-old Vinnie Omari in custody, and according to documents obtained by journalist Brian Kerbs, Omari identified as a member of Lizard Squad. The warrent issued to Omari made clear that the police were primarily concerned about suspicious activity related to stolen PayPal accounts which occured well before the PSN and XBL attacks. “The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit has arrested a 22-year-old man from Twickenham on suspicion of fraud by false representation and Computer Misuse Act offences,” the press release reads. “The arrest yesterday is in connection with an ongoing investigation in to cyber fraud offences which took place between 2013 and August 2014 during which victims reported funds being stolen from their PayPal accounts.” In an email to The Daily Dot, Omari said police were looking for anything to connect him to the DDoS strikes, and confiscated his laptops, Xbox One, phone, and USB memory drives. Source: http://www.gameranx.com/updates/id/25873/article/lizard-squad-member-arrested-in-the-uk/

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How Mega founder Kim Dotcom helped Xbox Live, PSN recover from Lizard Squad’s DDoS attack

How Kim Dotcom helped stop holiday Xbox Live and PSN DDoS attacks Over the Christmas holiday, a loosely organized group of hackers known as Lizard Squad took down Microsoft’s online gaming service, Xbox Live (XBL), as well as Sony’s online gaming platform, PlayStation Network (PSN), through coordinated denial-of-service attacks (DDoS). But the legally embattled owner of Mega, Kim Dotcom, may have offered the olive branch that helped both online gaming services slowly come back online. DDoS attacks are implemented by either forcing the targeted network’s service or website to reset, or by consuming its resources at such a high level that it can no longer function. While relatively simple and not considered “hacking” by security experts, large-scale DDoS attacks, like those against Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, require the use of massive “botnets,” compromised computers all working in unison to overwhelm a service. This meant that for the majority of the holiday, including Christmas Day and Boxing Day, two of the highest traffic online gaming days of the year, most people were unable to access either Xbox Live or PSN. While Lizard Squad’s motivations for the attacks are still unclear, the group claims they want Microsoft and Sony to improve security on their online services. Just like many online attacks of this kind, it’s more likely they were perpetrated simply because they were possible, especially since preventing a DDoS attack is difficult regardless of how secure a network is. The controversy surrounding the attacks also involved a rival hacking group, The Finest Squad, allegedly attempting multiple times to take down Lizard Squad over the course of the holidays through their own DDoS attacks and by “doxing,” releasing the personal information of Lizard Squad members. These efforts ultimately failed and both PSN and XBL remained offline until Dotcom intervened. Lizard Squad and The Finest Squad also frequently traded insults through social media and on popular YouTube hacking-focused talk show, DramaAlert. This is where Kim Dotcom comes in: contacting Lizard Squad directly and promising the group 3,000 $99 Lifetime accounts, worth approximately $300,000 in total, for his encrypted upload service, Mega, if they stopped their DDoS assault on XBL and PSN. Lizard Squad also credited Dotcom with being the main peacemaker in terms of getting the attacks to stop. Despite one faction of Lizard Squad claiming all attacks have ceased, another faction of the group reportedly continued disrupting XBL and PSN, creating free digital game listings for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Destiny. When both services went back online they were also overwhelmed with thousands of users trying to log into their profiles simultaneously, creating additional difficulties for Microsoft and Sony’s online infrastructure. However, As of Dec. 30th, both Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network are running relatively smoothly. Despite playing an important role in getting both gaming services back online, some have criticized Dotcom for setting a dangerous precedent by giving away free Mega accounts to malicious hackers. Other recent high-profile hacking incidents include a group of hackers known as the Guardians of Peace gaining access to Sony’s internal network and leaking a number unreleased films, and also threatening a terrorist attack if the controversial movie The Interview was released. Source: http://business.financialpost.com/2014/12/30/how-mega-founder-kim-dotcom-helped-stop-holiday-xbox-live-and-psn-ddos-attacks-by-appeasing-lizard-squad/?__lsa=7896-d0fe

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Crunchyroll Streaming Service Down Amid DDoS Attack

The Crunchyroll streaming service announced on Tuesday that it is currently down due to a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack “of the same magnitude” as those recently targeted towards Sony and Microsoft consoles . Crunchyroll service went down at approximately 4:00 a.m. EST on Tuesday. DDoS attacks against Sony and Microsoft started on Christmas Day and made services on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles unavailable for approximately three days. A hacking group known as Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for the attacks. Crunchyroll has over 400,000 reported paid subscribers. Source: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-12-30/crunchyroll-streaming-service-down-amid-ddos-attack/.82769

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DDoS attack on Swedish Parliament’s website

The official website of the Swedish Parliament was taken down on Tuesday, in what officials labelled “an outside attack”. The website, riksdagen.se, was taken down at 11am on Tuesday, with visitors met by a blank screen. By 2pm, the website was up and running again, but officials confirmed that the problem had not been caused by any internal IT troubles. “It went down because of an attack from the outside,” Riksdag spokesperson Anna Olderius told the TT news agency. “But we refuse to comment on security issues in any more detail than that.” The cyber attack marks the second against the website in the past two years. In October 2012, the website went down together with that of the country’s central bank other government websites, news networks, and university home pages. Hacktivist network Anonymous claimed responsibility for the October attacks. “You don’t fuck with the internet,” the group wrote online, in what was apparently a response to police raids on the previous hosts to The Pirate Bay and WikiLeaks. The attacks were carried out via a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), where a website is bombarded with communication requests so that the servers become overloaded and the site crashes. As yet, no one has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack. Source: http://www.thelocal.se/20141230/cyber-attack-hits-government-website

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Sony FINGERS DDoS attackers for ruining PlayStation’s Xmas

Malefactors turned festivities into a turkey for online gamers Sony has blamed distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attackers for causing PlayStation’s network to go titsup on Christmas Day.…

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Update: Columbia’s website back online after cyber attack; KOMU down from DDoS attack

UPDATE: This story has been updated to include details of another denial of service attack on KOMU and additional comments on FBI involvement in investigating the attack on Columbia’s website. COLUMBIA — The city’s official website is back online after being down since Wednesday night, when a cyber attack flooded the server with information requests. But the hacker responsible might have found a new target in KOMU. The city’s site, gocolumbiamo.com, was back up as of 12:35 p.m. The site provides information and updates to the public about city services and events. Deputy city manager Tony St. Romaine said city officials have been in touch with the FBI about the incident. Joel Sealer, a spokesman for the FBI in Kansas City, said only that city officials had been in contact with the agency, but he would not comment on or confirm the existence of an investigation. St. Romaine said the activist hacker group Anonymous was the source of the attack on the city’s site, but a YouTube video posted by Bitcoin Baron denies that affiliation and claims sole responsibility for the attack. In the video’s introduction, Bitcoin Baron states that the attack is in retaliation for a February 2010 incident where Columbia police killed one dog and wounded another during a drug raid. The YouTube video then shows footage from the raid. The city’s website was hit by a distributed denial of services attack, which sent requests from multiple sources to the site’s server to overload its bandwidth capacity. City staff became aware of the problem at around 11 p.m. Wednesday and shut down access to the site to sort out the problem. KOMU.com’s outage began around 3 p.m. Friday, and KOMU posted on its Facebook page at 4 p.m. Saturday to address the distributed denial of service attack. In the post, KOMU calls the attack a “direct result” of its reporting on the city’s website being taken down. Its story noted that city officials believed Anonymous was responsible, but a third party contacted the news station to claim responsibility and threaten to take down KOMU.com as well. Attacks of this nature generally don’t result in the theft of information or other security loss, St. Romaine said. “Your system is not getting hacked into, and data is not getting compromised,” he said. Source: http://www.columbiamissourian.com/a/183192/update-columbias-website-back-online-after-cyber-attack-komu-down/

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PlayStation clambers back online 48 hours after DDoS attack PARALYSED network

Titsup gaming service struggling to return to life Sony’s PlayStation network is slowly returning to normal service roughly 48 hours after it was hit by another major distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Christmas Day.…

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PlayStation clambers back online 48 hours after DDoS attack PARALYSED network

PlayStation clambers back online days after DDoS attack PARALYSED network

Gaming service STILL struggling to return to life Updated   Sony’s PlayStation network is slowly returning to normal service roughly 48 hours after it was hit by another major distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Christmas Day.…

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DDoS attack takes down City of Columbia website

Columbia Deputy City Manager says a hacker group took responsibility for the attack on GoColumbiaMo.com A City of Columbia official said the city’s website, gocolumbiamo.com, suffered a cyber attack Wednesday night, and the website will be down until further notice. Deputy City Manager Tony St. Romaine said Anonymous, a group associated with cyber attacks and hacking activism, took down the city’s website with a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. St. Romaine said the group cited a drug-related SWAT raid in Columbia in 2010, where police shot two dogs in the house. A YouTube video shows a user taking credit for the attack, along with the SWAT raid from 2010. (Warning: the video contains strong language and graphic content.) A news release sent Friday morning said the city’s IT department was notified of an attack around 11 p.m. Wednesday. Deputy City Manager Tony St. Romaine told ABC 17 News IT staff worked through the night until 7 a.m. Thursday. The staff left the office, but continued to work from home. “This form of attack is an attempt to make an online service unavailable by flooding the website server with requests from multiple sources,” the release said. “In most cases, they involve forging of sender addresses so that the location of the attacking machines cannot easily be identified.” The release said this sort of attack renders city services provided online unavailable, and doesn’t compromise personal information. Source: http://www.abc17news.com/news/city-of-columbia-website-suffers-cyber-attack/30405572

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Xbox Live and PSN Face DDoS Attacks Throughout Christmas Eve and Day

During a day when people are booting up their new Xbox Ones and PlayStation 4s for the first time, a group of Grinches have decided to try and ruin things for everyone online. During what is supposed to be one of the most joyful days of the year for families across the world, the hacker group Lizard Squad claims responsibility for hitting Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Network with DDoS attacks, Tech Worm reports. The Lizard Squad’s main Twitter account has been banned, but other representatives of the group (warning: NSFW language) are saying they are the reason why both Xbox Live and the PSN have been experiencing outages throughout the past 24 hours. In response, a pro gaming hacker crew called The Finest Squad has been exposing various members of the Lizard Squad to the proper authorities. Unfortunately, the deviant hacker group appears to always be a step ahead of The Finest Squad. Xbox’s servers are currently up, but they have been experiencing outages every few hours on the official server status page (which currently lists accessibility as “Limited”). The same could be said of Sony, as the official PlayStation Help Twitter made a comment about the PSN’s recent issues: Here’s to hoping these hackers get caught and the attacks stop. Go hack the Westboro or KKK websites instead of doing this sort of thing, Lizard Squad. Just leave the gaming community alone so we can play our new games in peace without bothering anyone. Source: http://arcadesushi.com/xbox-live-and-psn-face-ddos-attacks-throughout-christmas-eve-and-day/

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