The long arm of the law is also patient and persistent — as the cyberattack group Lizard Squad has just learned.
The United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has arrested six teenagers (via Variety) who are either the cyberattackers who allegedly barraged the Xbox Live and PlayStation Network online services during the end-of-December holidays last year or people who paid to use the same tool that brought down those gaming services. That assault resulted in Xbox Live going offline on Christmas day while PlayStation Network suffered a week-long outage. The youths are also allegedly members of the cyberattack group called Lizard Squad, who has taken credit for also attacking several other online services, including the World of Warcraft and Amazon servers.
If Lizard Squad sounds like a bunch of teen Internet vandals to you, there’s a good reason for that. It turns out that most were actually teen Internet vandals.
“A third of the individuals identified are under the age of 20,” reads a post on the NCA’s website. “And the activity forms part of the NCA’s wider work to address younger people at risk of entering into serious forms of cybercrime.”
While this is a big win for law enforcement, it does not look like the NCA was able to capture everyone involved as the Lizard Squad account on Twitter is still actively tweeting about this latest incident — although the account is also implying that some of these people are officially part of its group.
The NCA also shared information about the individuals it executed warrants on. These include three legal minors ranging in age from 15 years old to 17 years old. That’s in addition to three 18 year olds. All of these young people are male and are accused of using a tool referred to as “Lizard Stresser” (which we wrote about in depth right here) to target websites.