Teen hackers arrested over PlayStation and Xbox attack

Two teenagers from Lizard Squad – a hacking group, perhaps better known for bringing down online services like PlayStation Network and Xbox Live in 2014 – have been arrested for cyber crimes.

Their distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks affected millions of customers, and cost Sony and Microsoft a lot of money.

In a report from Polygon, Zachary Buchta of Fallston, Maryland, and Bradley Jan Willem Van Rooy of Leiden, the Netherlands, were charged by United States lawyers in federal court.

The duo was charged with “conspiring to cause damage to protected computers”.

The Department of Justice also seized four domains associated with the hacking group.

The Department of Justice launched an investigation into the group over a for-payment harassment service.

The group’s technique used fake phone numbers to repeatedly call targets, with one victim allegedly receiving “a phone call every hour for thirty days”. The nature of the calls were graphic, and threatening.

Butcha was arrested in September, and is due to appear before a judge in Chicago this week. Early last year, similar arrests were made in the United Kingdom.


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