Lizard Squad Hacks

Lizard Squad Hacks

Updated Dec 26, 2014 at 05:11PM EST by Don.

Added Aug 25, 2014 at 02:27PM EDT by Don.

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Lizard Squad Hacks refers to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks orchestrated by the hacking group Lizard Squad, which focused on targeting a variety of high profile video game companies beginning in August 2014.


On August 18th, 2014, the @LizardSquad[2] Twitter feed posted a tweet announcing that the hacking group had managed to take the online multiplayer game League of Legends offline.

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RuneScape DDoS

The same day, @LizardSquad[12] took responsibility for taking the massively multiplayer role-playing game RuneScape offline.

Riot Games DDoS

On August 19th, @LizardSquad[5] took responsibility for hacking the video game publisher Riot Games and forcing them to upgrade their security. DDoS

Also on August 19th, @LizardSquad[7] tweeted that they had successfully taken the Blizzard Entertainment online gaming service offline.

PlayStation Network DDoS

The morning of August 24th, @LizardSquad[6] posted a tweet alluding to an imminent cyber attack on the video game company Sony’s PlayStation network gaming service.

The same day, president of Sony Online Entertainment John Smedley[3] tweeted that the company was currently facing a “large scale DDoS.”

Immediately after, @LizardSquad[8] tweeted to the @AmericanAir feed that they had received reports of explosives smuggled aboard Smedley’s flight (shown below, left). Smedley subsequently tweeted that his flight had been diverted for “security reasons” (shown below, right).[9]


Also on August 24th, Lizard Squad[10] posted a tweet asking if anyone was having difficulty logging into Microsoft’s Xbox Live gaming servers. The following day, the feed posted another tweet asking “How’s Xbox Live Doing?”[11]

Support of ISIS

The @LizardSquad[4] posted a tweet announcing that “Kuffar” (non-muslims) would not be able to play online games until the bombing of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant stopped along with the hashtag #ISIS.

Sony PlayStation Network Hack

On December 7th, 2014, Sony’s PlayStation Network was targeted and taken offline by members of the Lizard Squad, which led its users to a page with a message reading “Page Not Found! It’s not you. It’s the Internet’s fault,” as well as prompting a lengthy outage for the online media store and gaming servers.

Christmas 2014 Hack

During Christmas Day on December 25th, 2014, the Lizard Squad took responsibility for DDoS attacks that managed to take down both the Microsoft Xbox Live and Sony PlayStation Network online gaming services for most of the day. That evening, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom tweeted that he was pushing to give Lizard Squad 3,000 Mega lifetime premium accounts if they stopped the cyber attacks. Two hours later, Dotcom tweeted that he had successfully made the exchange and posted a screenshot of his communications with the @LizardMafia Twitter feed (shown below).

On the following day, The Daily Dot[21] published an interview with Lizard Squad hackers using the aliases “Vinnie Omari” and “Ryan Cleary,” who claimed the DDoS against Microsoft and Sony “maxed out at 1.2 terabits per second.” The pair claimed they targeted the companies to encourage them to hire better security experts and improve their equipment. Additionally, Clearly bragged that the hacking group had access to “devices that are in the middle of the ocean that have something like 100-gigabit-per-second Internet connections.”


News Media Coverage

In the coming days, several news sites published articles about the cyber attacks, including Shack News,[13] The Daily Dot,[14]CNET,[15]ABC News,[16] Motherboard,[17]IBI Times[18] and Tech Crunch.[19]

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