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Daybreak CEO rages at hacker on Twitter

Threatens to take convicted hacker Julius Kivimaki's parents to civil court

Julius "zeekill" Kivimaki, a member of the hacker group Lizard Squad, was convicted this week of 50,700 charges related to computer crimes which included distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on Microsoft's Xbox Live.

He received a two-year suspended sentence but the CEO of Daybreak Game Company, who found a plane journey abruptly ended thanks to a bomb threat called in by Kivimaki, is not satisfied with the results. He took to social media, at times addressing Kivimaki's Twitter account directly, to share his feelings.

He also called Kivimaki a "sociopath" who "will get what's coming to him."

It was August last year when Smedley was personally targeted by Kivimaki. The then CEO of Sony Online Entertainment (SOE rebranded to become Daybreak earlier this year) was on a flight from Dallas to San Diego when a bomb threat was called in, causing American Airlines to divert the aircraft.

There has been no direct response from the Twitter account that Smedley has identified as Kivimaki's, though it has been active, tweeting "lmao" just 12 hours ago.

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Latest comments (13)

Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend2 years ago
I understand the need to vent (though doing it on twitter is usually a bad idea) but to say he will go after his parents just makes him come across like a total dick.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Darren Adams on 9th July 2015 8:51am

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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany2 years ago
True, but dealing with their parents is the correct way of acting compared to going directly after an underage, regardless of what he did. Doing stuff like what this kid did is usually a fail in parenting; we are no talking about a minor prank here; we are talking criminal acts.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Alfonso Sexto on 9th July 2015 9:32am

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Adam Campbell Game Production Manager, Azoomee2 years ago
I don't see how parents can be held accountable for a minor hacking a system. Sure its wrong, but they were not involved and aspects such as 'failure in parenting' are far too subjective. Imagine if every parent was accused of 'failure in parenting' when a young person with an autonomous mind and personality commits a crime. To me that's ludicrous.
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Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend2 years ago
Anyone here with kids that are in their teens will know that the actual control you have over them if they want to play up is minimal. You can do your best and try to bring up your children the right way, but at the end of the day they will do whatever the hell they want to no matter what you have taught them.

That's why I think its not always as simple as "it must be the parents fault" which is just another way of saying "I have no idea what caused this or why this child did this, so I will just offset the blame to the parents".

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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 2 years ago
Here is a new party game. Find yourself somebody who does not know either person. Then tell him the actions of Kivimaki and read out the comments from Smedley. Then have your friend guess the age of either one.
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Anthony Gowland Consulting F2P Game Designer, Ant Workshop2 years ago
"Powerful CEO gloats about teenager getting beaten up in prison" would be another potential headline.
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Aleksi Ranta Category Management Project Manager 2 years ago
Smedleys venting aside....."zeekill" got a suspended sentence and a fine of 6K!!! Eur from the Finnish Justice system, even though convicted on 50.000accounts :) Im a Finn and our justice system is totally not in touch with reality.

yes Smedley is a loose cannon but we have to agree that the punishement in this case is not proportionate to the crime committed.
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Barrie Tingle Live Producer, Maxis2 years ago
I'm still wondering how he will help fight cyber crime as mentioned in his punishment.
Is there a department that runs scripts and phone spoofing programs now? After all, that is what this kid did.
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 2 years ago
I don't blame Smedley for ranting after what he's been through but as already mentioned this was perhaps not the appropriate place for it. But because he's CEO he doesn't neccessarily have to worry about anyone firing him over it. I also think that kid got off easy. His sentence should have been stricter regardless of his age. Beyond the DDOS attacks he also threatened people's lives with that bomb threat although it was fake.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 2 years ago
@Andrew: And if it's all true, then what?
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.2 years ago
He's 17. Good luck holding the parents legally accountable.
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Craig Page El Presidente, Awesome Enterprises2 years ago
What kind of CEO thinks the best solution to a problem is sending threatening tweets?
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game2 years ago
The kind who's had bomb threats aimed at him, at his place of work, on planes where they get grounded. If he has young children who answered the phone to a little dick making harassing calls, that could definitely set most people off.

He probably should have gone to his lawyer first, rather than Twitter, but really, a little pillock threatens you, your colleagues, possibly your family (not sure if that one happened in this case), and grounded a aeroplane because you were on it, you knew who it was, and there was legal recourse, would your solution really be let bygones be bygones?
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