Hacking Group Hacked Itself for ProfitAdded: Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
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The Lizard Squad hacking collective became known worldwide for high-profile attacks on Sony and Microsoft’s online gaming networks over Christmas. Now the hacking ring appears to have been hacked itself, as the hackers were trying to make money on their fame by selling a service to attack other websites.
The hackers announced their paid LizardStresser service at the end of last year, after their successful Christmas attacks on PSN and Xbox Live. The ring accepted payments between $6 and $500 in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency in return for the service of launching DDoS attacks on any website or online service the buyers wanted.
In the meantime, the online security researchers have pointed out that the hackers were using a network of hacked home routers to carry out their attacks. The researchers have also discovered that the LizardStresser’s security failed to protect its own customers’ private data.
The security experts obtained a copy of the LizardStresser customer database during the hack of the website organized through the same very service. It turned out that the service attracted over 14,241 registered users, but only a few hundred of them actually purchased the services offered. Surprisingly enough, the hackers store all registered usernames and passwords unencrypted. It also became known that the customers of the service deposited over USD $11,000 worth of Bitcoins to pay for attacks on thousands of IP-addresses and websites (including LizardStresser itself).
In the meantime, there have been several arrests made in the frameworks of the police investigation of the original PSN and Xbox Live attacks. For example, the South East Regional Organized Crime Unit arrested one of the suspects, 22 years old, in the UK on 31 December over the allegations of fraud by false representation and Computer Misuse Act offences. He was released on bail until 10 March.
A few days ago, on 16 January, another 18 year-old suspect was also arrested in the UK over allegations of illegal access to computer content, illegal access with intent to commit further offences, and even threats to kill (this refers to the so-called “swatting” where American police were called out to what they believed was a major incident). This suspect was also released on bail.
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Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
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