Julius “zeekill” Kivimaki, the 17-year-old member of Lizard Squad, the hacker group responsible for the DDoS attacks against Sony and Microsoft during the holiday period of 2014, has been spared jail in Finland, following a guilty verdict relating to 50,700 charges of computer crime. Instead he received a 2 year suspended sentence and was ordering to use his talents to instead fight against computer crime. Considering that he was a contributor to the attacks on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network that left millions of gamers outraged over Christmas time, he’s got off extremely lightly. For those of you unaware of what went on over the holiday period, Lizard Squad threatened to take down the Xbox Live and PSN servers prior to the attacks, stating that they would render the consoles online capabilities useless at a time when eagerly awaiting customers would want to use them most. And they succeeded, and following the outages took to various media outlets to brag about their actions. Sadly for Lizard Squad, several of their members have now been caught by various law enforcement agencies around the world, you can read about one of the arrests made here. Other arrests were also made in the UK in relation to the attacks.
Following the attacks, a member of Lizard Squad spoke to the BBC stating the reason for the attacks, claiming that their motives were to expose the lack of security within Sony and Microsoft. He went on to talk about how children should be spending time with their families during the holidays and not spending time playing their new consoles or toys:
“It’s just such a huge company Microsoft… Do you not think they should be able to prevent such an attack?” he told BBC Radio Five Live.
“Is Christmas really about children playing with their new consoles, or playing with their new toys, or is it about them spending time with their families and celebrating Christmas?” he added. “I think everyone’s just taking it all out of the ordinary.”
Understandably, the Internet has reacted negatively to the lenient sentencing brandishing the Lizard Squad’s actions as a form of terrorism and criticizing Finland’s prosecution service. Naturally we’d like to welcome any opinions from the 4-One Gaming community, so be sure to leave your opinions in the comment section.
[Source(s): Kotaku, BBC]