Lizard Squad Member Arrested in the Light of Recent Attacks

Lizard Squad member Vinnie Omari has been arrested and released on bail by the British Police. After ongoing DDoS attacks against PS and Xbox, as well as Tor, Lizard Squad is drawing attention and its members are on the spotlight, facing legal consequences. Another member from Finland is investigated by the FBI.

Thames Valley Police arrested one of the members of the Lizard Squad, after the recent events with the DDoS attacks against PlayStation and Xbox this Christmas. As it turns out, they have already released him after questioning him on bail. More specifically, the statement published regarding the arrest of a hacker (who apparently is the member of Lizard Squad, Vinnie Omari) includes the following: “The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) has arrested a 22-year-old man from Twickenham on suspicion of fraud by false representation and Computer Misuse Act offences. The arrest yesterday (30/12) is in connection with an ongoing investigation in to cyber fraud offences which took place between 2013 and August 2014 during which victims reported funds being stolen from their PayPal accounts. The arrested man was released on bail until 10 March.”

Vinnie expressed his distress in an email, which he sent out to the Daily Dot, where he referred to the raid of the Police to his premises: “They took everything. Xbox one, phones, laptops, computer USBs, etc.”

Of course, Lizard Squad has drawn attention due to the ongoing DDoS attacks against PlayStation and Xbox, with MegaUpload mastermind, Kim DotCom, getting in the way and ceasing the problems emerging by the group. Then, instead of laying low for a while, they turned to Tor and they defied warnings from Anonymous. Due to the traffic congestion, all these targets were out of reach for the users who wished to access them and thus the problems caused have been significant.

At the same time, the FBI is focusing its investigations towards another Lizard Squad member with the name “ryanc” or Ryan. The interesting thing about Ryan is that he is a teen of 16 or 17 years old, living in Finland. Due to his country of residence and apparently due to being a minor, it might be a struggle to extradite Ryan from Finland and this is what he obviously counts on. He has been interviewed by the Daily Dot and Sky News so far, claiming that the FBI does not concern him.

Time will tell which side is going to prevail in this digital war-like situation, we guess!

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Ali Qamar Ali Qamar is a seasoned blogger and loves keeping a keen eye on the future of tech. He is a geek. He is a privacy enthusiast and advocate. He is crazy (and competent) about internet security, digital finance, and technology. Ali is the founder of PrivacySavvy and an aspiring entrepreneur.
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