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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.
Riot Games DDoS
On August 19th, @LizardSquad took responsibility for hacking the video game publisher Riot Games and forcing them to upgrade their security.
Also on August 19th, @LizardSquad tweeted that they had successfully taken the Blizzard Entertainment online gaming service Battle.net offline.
PlayStation Network DDoS
The same day, president of Sony Online Entertainment John Smedley tweeted that the company was currently facing a “large scale DDoS.”
Immediately after, @LizardSquad 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).
XBOX Live DDoS
Also on August 24th, Lizard Squad 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?”
Support of ISIS
The @LizardSquad 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).
A Christmas Miracle. How— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) December 26, 2014
MegaPrivacy</a> saved <a href="https://twitter.com/Xbox">Xbox &
PlayStation</a> from the <a href="https://twitter.com/LizardMafia">LizardMafia attack. Enjoy your games! :-) pic.twitter.com/qoaZ33eqCi
On the following day, The Daily Dot 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, The Daily Dot,CNET,ABC News, Motherboard,IBI Times and Tech Crunch.
The Daily Dot – Playstation Network and Blizzard hit with massive DDoS