Feds Charge Alleged PoodleCorp And Lizard Squad DDoS Attackers

Two members of hacking groups Lizard Squad and PoodleCorp were charged yesterday with "conspiring to cause damage to protected computers," the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois said in a statement. Both hacking groups have taken credit for temporarily bringing down online gaming services including Xbox Live, PSN and Battle.net. Imgur

Zachary Buchta and Bradley van Rooy, both 19, have been arrested respectively in Maryland and the Netherlands. Lizard Squad and, since June, PoodleCorp are known for launching distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against online services for the lulz. On top of that, they allegedly sold their DDoS services to others on the domain stresser.poodlecorp.org.

In addition to running cyber-attack-for-hire services, Buchta and van Rooy also allegedly "trafficked payment accounts that had been stolen from unsuspecting victims in Illinois and elsewhere," the statement reads. Thousands of people allegedly fell victim to that scheme.

Previously, Lizard Squad allegedly operated a "phone-bombing" service. According to a criminal complaint, the service "enabled paying customers to select victims to receive repeated harassing and threatening phone calls from spoofed phone numbers". Last spring, an Illinois-based victim received a spam call every hour for 30 days. The automated audio recording said, "better look over your [expletive] back because I don't flying [expletive] if we have to burn your [expletive] house down, if we have to [expletive] track your [expletive] family down, we will [expletive] your [expletive] up [expletive]."

On Twitter, both hacking groups bragged about their alleged exploits.

The maximum sentence for conspiring to launch cyber attacks is 10 years in prison.


Comments

    Bwaaahahaahahahahaaa!

    I hope they enjoy being penetrated in jail "for the lulz".

    Good, those little dick heads deserve everything they get. Mess with my overwatch time..

    Except the general idea is this is supposed to actually DIS-courage people from continuing to enact these sorts of things.

    What's the next step? Get them to snitch on their script kiddie buddies or something?

      Put the American under terror charges and hand him over to the NSA until such time he gives them everything to shutdown further attacks.

    I get pissed off every year when Lizard Squad attack PSN and Live on Christmas morning to screw with little kids.

    Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of twats. Hope they throw the book at these fools.

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