Report: Lizard Squad, group behind various DDoS attacks, caught and apprehended

The nightmare is over. The group behind various DDoS takedowns and the fake bomb threat that brought down SOE president John Smedley's flight have reportedly been caught.


Lizard Squad, the group behind various DDoS attacks against, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, and a host of others, have reportedly been caught.

The Lizard Squad Twitter account acknowledges that members of the group have been caught. In addition to that, a statement on their website further explains that the group is disbanding.

The statement from the Lizard Squad website reads as follows:

We set out on our journey 2 weeks ago with the plan to cause havoc within the gaming community. Our motives varied throughout this adventure. Originally it was to see if we could evade being caught and to experience the raw thrill of anarchy, not being bound to phony laws. We've been called everything from an organized criminal "gang" to complete assh***s, really we are just a bunch of guys with too much free time. Throughout our journey we met new people, gained new members, learned new things. People tried taking swings at us (and missed). We proved that even though we are little in this very big world, that a small group of friends who work together can cause a lot of havoc without legal repercussions. Today we will be disbanding, behind the green reptiles and other bulls***, we have lives believe it or not, things to do, people to meet. Goodbye.

In addition to bringing down various gaming services, Lizard Squad attracted the attention of the FBI when they tweeted a phony bomb threat to American Airlines to bring down Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley's San Diego-bound flight.

We will report additional details when they become available. Thanks to Chatty poster asianwaste for the tip.

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    August 30, 2014 8:25 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Report: Lizard Squad, group behind various DDoS attacks, caught and apprehended.

    The nightmare is over. The group behind various DDoS takedowns and the fake bomb threat that brought down SOE president John Smedley's flight have reported been caught.

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      August 30, 2014 8:26 PM


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      August 30, 2014 8:44 PM

      Reality's gonna come down hard on these fools.

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        August 30, 2014 9:32 PM

        Oh my god, what I would give to be in the room when this bubble finally pops. It's going to be brutal. Clearly they're still floating out there in la-la land right now with this statement, they still think this is just a funny game.

        The exciting journey doesn't end here, kids. You're about to meet some interesting new people with titles like "Federal Prosecutor" and they're going to explain to you all these cool new concepts like what a "felony" is. And at some point, you're going to realize that this actually isn't very funny at all. Not for you, anyway.

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          August 31, 2014 3:24 AM

          we have lives believe it or not, things to do, people to meet.

          ... not right now you don't.

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        August 31, 2014 7:10 AM

        This seems to apply.

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      August 30, 2014 8:46 PM

      These guys deserve 8 year old uzi's

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      August 30, 2014 8:47 PM

      lizard squad sounds like the villains in an early 90s anthropomorphic animals action cartoon.

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      August 30, 2014 8:50 PM

      I hope all of these criminals are denied access to computers and the internet for the rest of their lives.

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      August 30, 2014 8:56 PM


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      August 30, 2014 9:07 PM

      Wow, there's some immaturity so thick you could slice it with a knife. Hope you enjoy your thrilling adventure into prison, retards.

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      August 30, 2014 9:36 PM

      have reportedly been caught.

      who reported they have been caught? is there evidence? all i saw was them saying thanks.txt and trolling on twitter

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        August 30, 2014 9:45 PM

        I hope they all got caught. These guys need a wake-up call. Diverting a plane with a bomb threat is not the kind of funny hijinks that gets you sent to the principal's office and they need to understand that IMO.

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        August 31, 2014 8:49 AM

        Reading around. It looks like they got doxxed by a better hacker group. Lots of personal info is out on display that I care not to link.

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      August 30, 2014 10:53 PM

      Apparrently you can credit these guys:

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        August 31, 2014 9:50 AM

        You just know that these kids are going to break so fast under interrogation. So, if any one of them thinks solidarity is going to protect them they better start lawyering up.

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      August 31, 2014 7:32 AM

      Good riddance to bad rubbish

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      August 31, 2014 8:15 AM

      World of shit is what these guys are falling into. Federal Pound Me in the Ass prison is not going to be fun for a bunch of basement dwellers.

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      August 31, 2014 9:12 AM

      You guys are pretty heartless. These guys don't deserve jail - they deserve a 80 hour a week minimum wage data entry job on a secured terminal for the department of agriculture in Minot.

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        August 31, 2014 9:23 AM

        And you call us heartless. That's like the death penalty to these poor fucks!

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        August 31, 2014 9:41 AM


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        August 31, 2014 10:05 AM

        They interrupted my already limited gaming time. They deserve death.

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        August 31, 2014 10:12 AM

        Not sure if you are serious, but the issue as I see it that this time it was gaming related. Net time bored asshole teens might try to take down something that has serious repercussions. I think it has to be shown that this isn't going to be tolerated.

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        August 31, 2014 10:17 AM

        I would maybe agree until they started calling in fake bomb threats on planes

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          August 31, 2014 10:42 AM

          Exactly, that was very much too far. A fairly harmless (granted annoying) DDOS is one thing, a threat is in no way harmless, fake or not.

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          August 31, 2014 12:45 PM

          Yeah. A threat to a plane is a serious federal crime and they could be in big trouble for that part.

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        August 31, 2014 10:21 AM

        Accidentally inf'd. Meant to wtf.

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        August 31, 2014 11:06 AM

        I think they should be kept away from computers altogether and forced to work outdoors without any electronics.

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        August 31, 2014 12:51 PM

        lol isnt that worse? i cant even sit on a computer for 80 hours a week

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        August 31, 2014 12:55 PM

        pretty sure part of their sentence will involve not touching a computer for a long time

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      August 31, 2014 9:26 AM

      I bet it was the fake bomb threat that brought out the big guns. That was just extremely stupid on their part. It likely brought in every Homeland agency known to man to hunt them down instead of cyberterrorist agencies.

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        September 2, 2014 9:44 AM

        Not just a bomb threat, a bomb threat on an airline. That's gonna get everyone's attention. The moment they did that it was all over.

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      August 31, 2014 9:55 AM

      I hope they get an example made of them. Full criminal prosecution with restitution requirements.

      I hope fate hands them the most cruel of cards: they will work at prison labor rates, to pay back the corporations they took offline.

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        August 31, 2014 9:56 AM

        Their rational behind the attacks was hilarious to read.

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          September 2, 2014 9:49 AM

          Any time a group like this comes out to defend their actions, they always say something stupid as hell.

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      August 31, 2014 12:05 PM

      That was quick.

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      August 31, 2014 3:28 PM

      "Today we will be disbanding, behind the green reptiles and other bulls***, we have lives believe it or not, things to do, people to meet. Goodbye."

      Yep, and if there is any justice, they'll be meeting several of those new people behind the bars of a prison cell. Don't drop the soap.

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      August 31, 2014 5:16 PM

      That fact that you fellows would equate prison rape with justice is beyond sickening and reminds me that we are still living in a very primitive times indeed.

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        August 31, 2014 9:48 PM

        i couldn't log into diablo 3 for two whole days. they deserve to rot in solitary confinement.

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        September 1, 2014 12:46 PM

        Well I for one never said anything about rape. I agree, rape isn't funny and all these jokes or whatever you want to call them are part of the problem. A lot of people seem to view rape as a normal or acceptable part of the prison experience and that's pretty backwards indeed.

        Yeah, the rape stuff made me squirm as well. I probably should have taken the initiative and said something.

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          September 2, 2014 9:54 AM

          Rape of innocent women is not funny. The rape of trolls however, I can live with

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      September 1, 2014 4:18 PM

      thank god for that, now I canget back to Wow, because I on the other hand do not have a life lol

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