The arrests keep rolling in for Lizard Squad members associated with various hacks of both Xbox Live and PSN. Today Sky News is reporting that a teenager has been arrests in Southport, Merseyside after a team comprised of both British and FBI forces tracked the perpetrator down.The official charges are for “unauthorised access to computer material”, although this individual is also being held for alleged threats against the South East.
We will pursue those who commit crime with the false perception they are protected…hiding behind anonymous online personas.
It is currently unknown whether this individual was connected to the Lizard Squad’s Christmas hack, which brought down both networks for a few days, or other attacks which have taken place throughout last year. Speaking about the arrest Deputy Chief Constable Peter Goodman said “”this arrest demonstrates that we will pursue those who commit crime with the false perception they are protected within their own homes or hiding behind anonymous online personas.”
Two other members of Lizard Squad have been arrested so far, with the possibility of more as this investigation continues. As we reported earlier, the FBI has taken this group seriously and is investigating various Lizard Squad members in connection with the recent Xbox Live and PSN hacks. Today’s arrest seems to indicate that they are on the right track. There is also the possibility that the currently arrested members will give information that could lead to more arrests in the near future. Hopefully with enough action hacks like this will no longer take place with such frequency.
UPDATE: BBC News is reporting that the individual is 18 years old, meaning they will likely be treated as an adult by the legal system. There also seems to be a connection to recent Swatting events, where false calls are placed to the authorities in an attempt to get Police to raid another person’s home.
- This article was updated on January 16th, 2015