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FBI Investigating Lizard Squad

/ Dec 29th, 2014 No Comments

FBI Lizard Squad

The FBI is reportedly investigating a member of the hacker group Lizard Squad in connection with the DDoS attacks on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network on Christmas, according to the Daily Dot.

Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for taking down Xbox Live and PSN services during the holiday. The high profile attack left gamers unable to play Internet-connected games for more than 24 hours.

The FBI is focusing on a Lizard Squad member known as “ryanc” or Ryan. According to the Daily Dot, the alleged hacker is said to be 16 or 17 years old and is a resident of Finland.

Due to his alleged age and country of residence, Ryan is unlikely to face consequences from law enforcement officials in the U.S. Citizens of Finland can refuse extradition to other countries. Authorities in Finland may pursue action against Ryan on their own, but it is not known if they will do so.

Quick Take

While Lizard Squad’s supposed motives involved exposing the weak online security of major corporations, it left millions of bystanders unable to play new consoles and games this Christmas. It appears the alleged hacker will not face any legal consequences due to his age and citizenship, which would be a disappointing result that could encourage other hackers.

 

Ryan Bloom

Ryan Bloom

Chief Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Ryan Bloom is a writer and avid gamer from Orange County. He received a B.A. in Communications with a minor in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton in 2010. Follow him on Twitter @BloomsTweets.
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