Lizard Squad’s takedown-for-rent service shortly disappears
One of many oldest gross sales techniques within the guide is utilizing a freebie to get you hooked earlier than slapping you with the invoice for the second. That is why the audacious vacation season takedowns of each the PlayStation Community and Xbox Reside have been, apparently, a advertising stunt. Lizard Squad, the group that claimed duty for each assaults rotated and launched Lizard Stresser, a service that permit anybody hearth off a DDoS broadside, as long as they pay a payment. The joke could also be on them nevertheless, because the software is already down (the group claims that is so it could actually change servers), and whereas the web site was stay it even turned a goal for exploits.
As an example, a $2.ninety nine cost by way of PayPal or Bitcoin would purchase an assault for one hundred seconds a month, whereas $sixty nine.ninety nine will get 30,000 seconds (greater than eight hours) of a Distributed Denial of Service takedown. There’s even an choice for bulk-purchase reductions, enabling you to save lots of almost $forty by buying a 30,000 second assault for 5 years. Signing up could possibly be a nasty concept although, since an exploit for its code was found that allowed safety researcher Eric Zhang to dump usernames and ID numbers for anybody who had used the location. Zhang additionally claims the software itself is a ripoff, with code copied from an identical website referred to as TitaniumStresser.
In an interview with The Every day Dot, a determine referred to as Dragon that claims to symbolize the group says that the Sony and Microsoft takedowns have been a advertising stunt, and that the group is now hoping to earn cash. Nevertheless, as each The Dot and The Guardian have added, that stance contradicts earlier statements from the group, saying that the actions have been all achieved for the “lulz.” As Brian Krebs factors out, nevertheless, the assaults paused after Kim Dotcom gave them the equal of $300,000 in vouchers, so any motives cannot be simply divined. Dragon additionally claims that Lizard Stresser can be the group’s final motion earlier than its members vanished “off again to the caves” from the place they originated — a transfer that will not have come quickly sufficient, since at the least one in every of them has apparently been arrested.
At present solely accepting bitcoin, paypal is coming quickly: http://t.co/5JaolEGBUX
– R.I.U. Lizard Squad (@LizardMafia) December 30, 2014
Stresser is down whereas we change servers
– R.I.U. Lizard Squad (@LizardMafia) December 31, 2014
Oh noes! What occurred to lizardstresser? It is gone, identical to 2014, and the LizardSquad. Glad New Yr everybody!
– briankrebs (@briankrebs) December 31, 2014