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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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Rachel Weber: Rachel Weber has been with GamesIndustry since 2011 and specialises in news-writing and investigative journalism. She has more than five years of consumer experience, having previously worked for Future Publishing in the UK.
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