Menu
Lizard Squad hacker draws suspended sentence for online attacks

Lizard Squad hacker draws suspended sentence for online attacks

The 17-year-old was charged with 50,700 counts of hacking and other offenses

A teenager who is apparently a member of the Lizard Squad hacker group has received a two-year suspended sentence in Finland in connection with various cybercrimes including attacks against U.S. university servers.

The seventeen-year-old, known as "Zeekill" and "Ryan," was charged with 50,700 counts of hacking and other offenses including credit card fraud, according to a Lizard Squad Twitter account and Finnish news reports.

In a Twitter post, Lizard Squad gloated that "Zeekill got a suspended sentence for 2 years. 0 time spent in prison."

The Espoo District Court ruled on hacking incidents including computer tampering involving servers at MIT and Harvard University as well as money laundering conducted to conceal the origin of illegally acquired funds, according to a a Finland Times report, which did not name the offender, a minor under Finnish law.

The crimes were committed in 2012 and 2013 when the teen was 15 and 16, according to a translation of a post on news site Lansivayla, which added that he has been deprived of access to a computer as part of the punishment.

Last year, security journalist Brian Krebs quoted his sources as saying that the teen was a member of Lizard Squad, and listed his pseudonyms including Ryan.

He was apparently arrested in late December by Finland's National Bureau of Investigation following attacks against prominent online video game networks.

During a Sky News interview that was posted to YouTube, a youth identified as Ryan admitted to participating in the attacks against Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox One gaming consoles, which blocked access to game downloads and multiplayer games at Christmas.

The teen said the hack was done to point out security flaws. Lizard Squad had claimed responsibility for the outages.

The group, which came to prominence last year, has also claimed a hand in other outages at Sony's PlayStation and Entertainment networks, Facebook and the website of Malaysia Airlines.

Tim Hornyak covers Japan and emerging technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Tim on Twitter at @robotopia.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags securityMicrosoftSony Computer Entertainment

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the leading female front runners of the Kiwi channel

Meet the leading female front runners of the Kiwi channel

Reseller News honoured the leading female front runners of the New Zealand channel at the 2018 Women in ICT Awards (WIICTA) in Auckland. The awards honoured standout individuals across seven categories, spanning Entrepreneur; Innovation; Rising Star; Shining Star; Community; Technical and Achievement.

Meet the leading female front runners of the Kiwi channel
Meet the top performing customer-centric Microsoft channel partners

Meet the top performing customer-centric Microsoft channel partners

Microsoft honoured leading partners across the channel following a year of customer innovation and market growth in New Zealand. The 2018 Microsoft Partner Awards recognised excellence within the context of the end-user, spanning a host of emerging and established providers.

Meet the top performing customer-centric Microsoft channel partners
Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch

Introducing the Reseller News Innovation Awards, launched to the channel at the 2018 Judges’ Lunch in Auckland. With more than 70 judges now part of the voting panel, the new-look awards will reflect the changing dynamics of the channel, recognising excellence across customer value and innovation - spanning start-ups, partners, distributors and vendors.

Reseller News launches new-look Awards at 2018 Judges’ Lunch
Show Comments