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Karma bites The Lizard Squad; youths arrested

The hackers that claimed to be responsible for the attacks on Xbox Live and the Playstation Network over the holidays were arrested today.

Lizard Squad Busted

After knocking Playstation Network and Xbox Live offline for days — starting on one of the busiest days for the services, Christmas day — then claiming to have done it to force people to spend more time with their families, then changing their story and confessing that it was a publicity stunt to sell their DDoS Services. Now news has rolled in that two members of the Lizard Squad have been arrested.

Today Vinnie Omari was arrested by police who were not investigating the online console services attacks, but rather multiple cyber-fraud offenses including theft via Paypal. The raid on Omari’s home resulted in seizures of cell phones, game consoles, and laptops. Thames Valley police said in a press release, “The arrest is in connection with an ongoing investigation into cyber-fraud offenses which took place between 2013 and August 2014 during which victims reported funds being stolen from their PayPal accounts.”

Released on bail, Omari provided The Daily Dot with a copy of the warrant:


Also arrested was Julius “Ryan” Kivimaki, a 17-year-old living in Finland. Unlike Omari, who claims he is only a spokesperson for the group and has done nothing illegal, Kivimaki will remain in prison. He has been interviewed and has confessed to his role in the attacks on Xbox Live and Playstation Network. Other games and services have fallen victim to the Lizard Squad, who has taken pride in their ability to cripple popular networks with ease.

It seems these youngsters have a lot to learn about how the world works, including the fact that there are consequences for breaking the law.


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Josh quit his career on state government to focus on full-time freelancing in the video game and tech fields. He lives in Maine with his wife and two children and in his free time ... who are we kidding, there is no free time.



  1. Trim Dose

    January 3, 2015 at 6:47 am

    What if anonymous were the ones who pointed to the capture of this morons ? :O

    They actually warned this guys in a video about taking down PSN and Live on christmas day.

    • Kevin Raposo

      January 3, 2015 at 10:18 am

      whoa if true. You know, it doesn’t seem to far off. All of a sudden, one of the guys gets busted for a totally unrelated charge? Does seem fishy.

    • SpoonHandle

      January 5, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      Once Lizard Squad threatened to attack TOR, Anonymous got involved and hacked some of Lizard Squads social media accounts and forwarded contact information of some of the members to the authorities.

  2. DelphisFinn

    January 3, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    We really need to stop referring to these kids as “hackers.” They’re hawking a basic DDoS program, which is about as far from hacking as you can get while still being a miscreant with a computer. Any group of halfwits with an internet connection can grab LOIC and do what these kids are doing.

  3. Jason Mounce

    January 3, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    17 year old? No wonder they always sounded like twits whenever they opened their mouths. Nothing smart ever came from their words – or actions at that.

    • Kevin Raposo

      January 3, 2015 at 7:59 pm

      Yea, things are making a whole lot of sense now.

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