Last week, British police arrested six teenagers between the ages of 15 and 18 years old in connection with Lizard Squad and the Christmas Day DDoS attacks that crippled Sony’s and Microsoft’s online console services.
The UK’s National Crime Agency was able to trace purchases of a DDoS toolkit called Lizard Stresser, which was used to bring down the PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE on Christmas Day 2014. According to Bloomberg’s report, Lizard Stresser is an online service that the arrested allegedly paid for using Bitcoins. “By paying a comparatively small fee,” the NCA’s head of investigations Tony Adams said in a statement, “tools like Lizard Stresser can cripple businesses financially and deprive people of access to important information and public services.”
These arrests come in the wake of Lizard Squad member Julius Kivimaki’s slap-on-the-wrist. Kivimaki’s suspended sentence and no jail time led to ex-CEO of Daybreak Studios, John Smedley, to cry foul. This resulted in Lizard Squad crippling Daybreak servers, which led to Smedley stepping down from the company.