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One of the members of the notorious DDoS scripting crew known as the Lizard Squad has been convicted of 50,000 counts of cyber-crimes. The Finland native, Julius Kivimaki, was convicted in a court of law but will not serve any prison time.
According to the Daily Dot Kivimaki, only 17-years-old, will undergo two years of strict monitoring of his online activities. I do wonder if this means there will be someone standing over his shoulder whenever he does go online or if they will have remote access to his computer?
If someone isn't going to be there to monitor his computer activity then there's another issue that arises: what happens if Kivimaki decides to go to the local library or cyber cafe? How would the authorities know that he's not getting back into his old habits? If no one is personally monitoring him could also not be possible for him to just head to a friend's house and boot up a PC and get right back into the old groove?
According to the Daily Dot, Kivimaki has been charged for data breaching, harassment, fraud and violation of company secrets.
A certain Blair Strater has been a victim of Kivimaki, with his family undergoing identity theft and constant abuse at the hands of Kivimaki. Strater mentioned to the Daily Dot that...
I’ve lost complete faith in the justice system, and that includes the FBI. He’s harmed American targets and the FBI should have stepped in by now, [...] The reality is, Julius Kivimaki will never be made to pay for his crimes.
The Lizard Squad did most of their damage during the later half of 2014. From back in August, 2014 they began hitting the PSN and Xbox Live with a lot of DDoS attacks. During November and December they continued those attacks all the way up and through the Christmas holiday break when most people were looking to buy a console and play online.
However, as cited in a Game Informer piece, when asked if the Lizard Squad felt bad about prohibiting gamers from going online and Kivimaki mentioned to Sky News that they carried out the attacks to get Sony and Microsoft to recognize the err of their ways and that they're making a lot of money from the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live but putting very little back into those services when it comes to security. In regards to preventing people from playing online, Kivimaki mentioned to Sky...
I may have forced some kids to spend time with their family instead of playing games.
Sony and Microsoft since then have managed to stay up in a more stable fashion in than in the past. Although infrequently there are reports of the PlayStation Network going down.
Hopefully for this holiday season Sony and Microsoft will both be more prepared for whatever comes up this year. But for the most part, it looks like the Lizard Squad won't be terrorizing anyone else following the police crackdown on the online terrorists.