During the summer of 2014 and the latter half of that year, a group known as the Lizard Squad happened to be paid by clients to do DDoS attack PSN, Xbox Live and even Battle.net. Those DDoS attacks continued throughout 2015 until some of the members were arrested and the group went on the down low. Well, the Illinois U.S., Department of Justice have formerly charged two members of the notorious Lizard Squad.
MMO Games picked up the news from over on the official Department of Justice website, where they clearly lay out that both 19-year-old Bradley Jan Willem van Rooy from the Netherlands and 19-year-old Zachary Buchta from Maryland have been charged for cyber-attacks.
The announcement was kept short and sweet and ended with a warning that the suspects are innocent until proven guilty…
“The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
“The conspiracy charge carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.”
One of the other complaints was attached to the Phone Bomber scandal, which was equivalent to their DDoS attacks against game companies, only they “bombed” people’s phones with harassing messages that played every hour for a whole month.
Many people are glad that that the duo have been caught because DDoS attacks have been nothing but a nuisance for most people and taking down sites and services that people paid to was pretty much the equivalent of cyber terrorism.
The duo will have their day in court where we’ll find out just what kind of punishment they’ll endure, assuming they’ll face any kind of punishment at all.