Lizard Squad claiming responsibility for the weekends attacks.
Hackers have once again been reported to be responsible for recent attacks on online servers for video games. The latest victim to fall prey after the PlayStation Network, Battle.net, and other attacks last months are the Destiny and Call of Duty:Ghosts servers.
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Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for the DDoS attacks that occurred over the weekend on the gaming servers. Lizard Squad had left a message on social media claiming they were disbanding after the attacks, including a fake bomb threat on Sony CEO John Smedly's plane caused them to make an emergency landing in a statement that read:
“Little thieves are hanged, but great ones escape. 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 a**holes, 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 greenreptiles and other bull***t, we have lives believe it or not, things to do, people to meet. Goodbye.”
The servers for Destiny and CoD:Ghosts went down on Saturday September 20th, affecting both the PlayStation and Xbox networks. Players were booted off the server mid-game, reportedly shown an error message reading "Cattle" on the disconnect screen.
Both servers have now been restored, but the team has also taken another shot at Smedley, sending him and tweeting a photograph of his father's gravestone in San Diego.
some idiot/wanna be hacker decided to send me a picture of my Dad's grave out here in San Diego. You will be found.— John Smedley (@j_smedley) September 16, 2014
Although earlier this month an activist group was gathering information on the Lizard Squad unit to reveal their personal information, such as names, addresses, birth dates, nicknames and phone numbers. Activist Revolution aggressively targeted Lizard Squad via the social networking site -- allegedly getting members to expose themselves on their own in a chat room.
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The group or members that were not targeted in the outing may have found a way around the activist group that ousted their members after this weekends attack.