Lizard Squad Hacks

Lizard Squad Hacks

Updated Aug 25, 2014 at 03:15PM EDT by Don.

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

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Overview

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.

Background

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.



Notable Developments

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.



Battle.net DDoS

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



Xbox Live DDoS

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.



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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