Lizard Squad hackers take heads for Twitch

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WASHINGTON, August 27, 2014 — Lizard Squad, the latest hacker/hacktivist group to gain national attention, apparently has quite the campy, pranky sense of humor.

And it’s funny until someone loses a web site.

The latest target of the group was Twitch, the online gaming streaming site. Ten hours ago, Lizard Squad Tweeted warnings that the site was going to be targeted. But the Tweets also included information on how to get the site back up: just Tweet Lizard Squad a picture with “lizard squad” written on your forehead with a sharpie.

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Apparently, enough Twitter followers obliged, and Lizard Squad ended its assault.

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Last weekend, the group attacked the PlayStation Network, causing a several-hour outage. At least Lizard Squad took credit for the attack, although so did another hacker from the hacktivist group Anonymous, so details on that particular issue are not yet clear.

Sony appears to be a particular target of the group, which also Tweeted a bomb threat about Sony President John Smedley’s plane to American Airlines, forcing the plane to be diverted.

Smedley responed, via Tweet of course, that his plane had in fact been diverted and “Justice will find these guys.”

The group admitted on its Twitter site that it was also targeting Xbox Live, prompting Lizard Squad to Tweet “We hear there are some Xbox Live issues, sorry :P” followed by a Tweeted complement to Microsoft, “Microsoft props to you for giving us a challenge, good work. Sony, smh.”

Lizard Squad also was behind weekend attacks against Blizzard’s Battle.net and Grinding Gear Games.

Unlike Anonymous, a loosely-affiliated group of hackers who have become involved in a number of political issues, Lizard Squad seems to be hacking for fun. Their Twitter site is full of suggestions that they are, quite clearly, amused. From taunting Tweets to hacker targets to videos of Boy George singing Karma Chameleon, Lizard Squad seems to be enjoying itself.

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The group is also becoming increasingly active, and is probably already scouting its next target.

All that noise – and fake bomb threats – likely puts Lizard Squad directly in the site of the FBI and other law enforcement authorities, who are well known for their lack of sense of humor on these subject. A Sony spokesman told Gamezone that the FBI was looking into the bomb threat against Smedley, although the FBI does not provide information on ongoing investigations.

To keep up with the activities of Lizard Squad, follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LizardSquad. Do not, however, link to their web site listed on the account. Lizardsquad.com appears to be down.

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Lisa M. Ruth is Editor-in-Chief of CDN. In addition to her editing and leadership duties, she also writes on international events, intelligence, and other topics. She has worked with CDN as a journalist since 2009. Lisa is also President of CTC International Group, Inc., a research and analysis firm in South Florida, providing actionable intelligence to decisionmakers. She started her career at the CIA, where she won several distinguished awards for her service. She holds an MA in international relations from the University of Virginia, and a BA in international relations from George Mason University. She also serves as Chairman of the Board of Horses Healing Hearts, and is involved with several other charitable organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and AYSO.
  • Sensenmann

    I wonder how long till the FBI gets them for the bomb scare they caused, And are they responsible for TWC having issues since last night they tweeted “Expect Fireworks” so I would expect they would be plotting something big and whats bigger then changing something in the Backbone and bringing down a ISP.