British Police Arrest Man Over Christmas Xbox, PlayStation Hacks

British police stated on Friday that they had arrested a person in northwest England following the 2014 cyberattacks on Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox techniques. Each methods suffered lengthy outages over Christmas after a serious distributed denial of service (DDOS) assault. A hacking group calling itself Lizard Squad, which had attacked the 2 networks earlier final yr, claimed duty. "Officers … have arrested a person in Southport, Merseyside this morning as a part of an investigation into ‘swatting’ and pc hacking offences," Merseyside police stated in a press release. The officers had labored intently with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) within the operation, it added. No additional particulars of the arrest have been instantly out there. Swatting is a time period used to explain legal exercise by a person or group who present false info to regulation enforcement businesses in the USA, suggesting that a menace exists at a specific location in order that police reply with tactical models.

IN-DEPTH

— Reuters

First revealed January sixteen 2015, eight:fifty seven AM