As many of you should remember the hacking of Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox Internet services on Christmas day, you should also remember who may have been behind the cyber-attack. According to a report by News Max on Jan. 2, one of the members of the so-called hacking ‘club’ who call themselves, ‘Lizard Squad’ and also call their ‘hacking’ services, ‘Lizard Stresser’ was arrested for alleged cyber-fraud. Although the member of this ‘club’ was not officially named by authorities yet, cyber security researcher, Brian Krebs did some of his own digging and found out the member’s name is Vinnie Omari and he is 22 years old.
The arrest of Omari is not in connection with the cyber-attack. However, he was arrested for alleged cyber fraud for stealing money out of people’s Paypal accounts. According to MSN, Omari is not in jail now though since they just booked him and he was released on bail until his court date on March 10.
Many gamers were not happy on Christmas day as you may remember from Sony and Microsoft being down for two days. Although Microsoft did have their services back up by Friday, the day after Christmas, Sony was down until Sunday night. This made for a lot of pretty mad gamers around the world, especially those who just got brand new game consoles as Christmas presents.
As for Omari’s arrest on cyber fraud, the Thames Valley Police didn’t just arrest this young member of ‘Lizard Squad’ but they also took his computer USB’s, Xbox One, phones, laptops, and much more for evidence. The Thames Valley Police also had this to say about his arrest:
The arrest is in connection with an ongoing investigation in to cyber fraud offenses 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 March 10.
What do you think about the arrest of this member? Do you think the hack of the gaming services will ever see any type of justice at all? Maybe this could work as some kind of justice but these so-called ‘hackers’ need to be stopped for good!