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Users of Lizard Squad's DDoS attack tool arrested in UK

National Crime Agency says six people targeted over Lizard Stresser software

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has reported that at least five people under the age of 20 were arrested this week as part of an investigation into purchases of the Lizard Squad's Lizard Stresser tool which uses DDoS attacks to disable sites and servers.

Those arrested range in age from 15 to 18 years old and are suspected of "maliciously deploying" Lizard Stresser.

More arrests may come, as the NCA added its officers were "also visiting approximately 50 addresses linked to individuals registered on the Lizard Stresser website, but who are not currently believed to have carried out attacks."

Though the NCA didn't name any specific companies that had been targeted by the group, the Lizard Squad took responsibility for taking down Sony's PlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live last year.

"By paying a comparatively small fee, tools like Lizard Stresser can cripple businesses financially and deprive people of access to important information and public services," said Tony Adams, head of investigations at the NCA's National Cyber Crime Unit.

"This multi-agency operation illustrates the commitment of the NCA and its partners to pursuing people who think they can criminally disrupt important public services or legitimate businesses. One of our key priorities is to engage with those on the fringes of cyber criminality, to help them understand the consequences of cyber crime and how they can channel their abilities into productive and lucrative legitimate careers."

A spokesperson for Lizard Squad reacted to news of the arrests on Twitter with trademark flippancy and a threat.

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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany4 years ago
This goons are a good example that shows how computer knowledge and no goals in life are a tragic combination. Indeed.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Alfonso Sexto on 1st September 2015 8:49am

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Robert Mac-Donald Game Designer, Lethe Games4 years ago
DDOS is not as much of a problem for people with money. It is small services and smaller websites that do not have the resources to fight them off that are injured the most. In the end, DDOS can be used as a tool by a wealthy organization to suppress competition under the guise of "script kiddies" and "people with no goals in life". A competitor is raising? DDOS them for a week with complete anonymity by hiring someone's else botnet.

What is being most threatened from DDOS is not your Sony service, but all the creative new stuff the internet could come up with. Startup sites with no cash behind them and startup devs are DDOSed all the time, even though it does not make to the news.
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany4 years ago
@Robert:

Not denying that, but in this case I doubt that those arrested that "range in age from 15 to 18 years old" represent a wealthy organization trying to suppress competition.
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Robert Mac-Donald Game Designer, Lethe Games4 years ago
I said that DDOS botnets can be hired by anyone with money, not that it was the case for these arrests.

That being said, paying some 18yo out of job person to hire the botnet for you would be the way to go if you wanted to disrupt someone else's business. You wouldn't hire them yourself through your own communication channels as it could compromise you directly.

The reason I'm saying this is that DDOS already has a "solution": money, it stops it. But for everyone else there isn't one unless rewriting how the internet works is a possibility, or you have some really good software that can discern between legitimate users and fake ones, which can be complicated. Competitive, successful business remain on top as they can mitigate DDOS the best, and the DDOS of smaller websites in the end works in their favor to remain competitive since their competition is more likely to get crushed under it. Meanwhie DDOS protection services like cloudflare and anti-DDOS software becomes a thriving business. I'm somewhat concerned that it iss not really in anyone's business to actually find a way to stop DDOS forever.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Robert Mac-Donald on 1st September 2015 4:46pm

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