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Hacker squad plans DDoS attacks on PlayStation Network, Xbox Live this Christmas

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Hacker squad plans DDoS attacks on PlayStation Network, Xbox Live this Christmas

Forget the Grinch, there’s someone else who wants to steal Christmas. Phantom Squad, an online hacker group, has threatened to shut down Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network this Christmas by unleashing a series of DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks — coordinated barrages of falsified incoming server traffic that causes the system to crash. “We are going to shut down Xbox Live and PSN this year on Christmas,” the hackers tweeted. “And we are going to keep them down for one week straight. #DramaAlert.” This could cause a big problem, because a lot of people are expecting to receive new gaming consoles on Dec. 25. If Phantom Squad is successful, this would be the second year in a row that these gaming networks go offline. Last year, the infamous hacker group Lizard Squad took credit for shutting down Xbox Live and PSN for two days. The group demanded more retweets and Twitter followers in exchange for restoring the servers. Phantom Squad, which said it has no relation to Lizard Squad, claims they’ve previously performed smaller outages on the gaming community servers, as well as other website such as Reddit. Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/hackers-plan-ddos-attack-psn-xbox-live-christmas-article-1.2467876

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Lizard Squad Teen Hacker Convicted On Over 50K Charges Of Cyber-Crime

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A teenage member of the notorious hacking group Lizard Squad has received a two-year suspended sentence for numerous cyber crimes. All tallied, he was convicted of 50,700 charges related to computer crimes, and in addition to his two-year suspended sentence, he must also undergo monitoring of his online activities. He will not serve any time behind bars. His name is Julius Kivimaki, or “Zeekill” if going by his online handle. The 17-year-old played a role in the distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Network in December of last year. Ironically enough, it was Kim Dotcom who convinced Lizard Squad to call off the attacks, which he did by offering the hacking organization 3,000 lifetime premium Mega accounts worth $99 each. Not long after, British law enforcement agents nabbed 22-year-old  Vinni Omari, a self-professed member of Lizard Squad, and raided his home. He was one of two individuals that cybersecurity reporter Brian Krebs identified as being responsible for the attacks, Kivimaki being the other. Even though Kivimaki was convicted on more than 50,000 computer crimes, the lack of jail time is disturbing to some. Count Blair Strater among them. Strater claims to be a victim of Kivimaki’s […]

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Crime fighting technology goes bush with new ‘stock squad’ app

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There has been a spike in stock theft in Queensland with 4000 head reported missing last year. Queensland Police estimate stock theft costs cattle producers between $1.5 million to $2m every year. Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad state co-ordinator Mick Dowie said the aim of the app was to make it easier and safer for people to report suspicious behaviour. “If you come across someone trespassing on your property or who you think is behaving suspiciously, without putting yourself at risk you can take a photo of them, particularly of the registration number,” he said. “You can send it using the app and then we’ve got that recorded straight away. “What we’re hoping to be able to do is remove some of the communication barriers for people who are in remote areas to the police and to the stock squad.” Research has found there is still an under reporting of crime in rural areas and trespassing is one of the biggest concerns people have in the industry. “So we’re trying to combat the two with one in this app,” Mr Dowie said. He said the Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad (SARCIS) app was located within the Policelink app, […]

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Police launch cyber squad to target online crime in Yorkshire

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Yorkshire’s biggest force is making a number of two-year appointments for a new unit set up to target the “rapidly expanding” network of technologically-savvy fraudsters, bullies, groomers and hackers. The recruits – paid up to £28,389 and expected to be in position by the end of next month – will be responsible for providing tactical support and advice to cyber crime investigators as well as developing new technology and strategies. Detective Chief Inspector Andy Williams, West Yorkshire Police’s cyber-crime lead, said: “This area of criminality is rapidly expanding and the establishment of a cyber-crime team puts us in the best position to combat this emerging threat. “The new team will be led by a detective inspector, who’s already in place, with a detective sergeant expected to be appointed shortly and six specialist support staff. “The detailed knowledge provided by this team will significantly enhance our current expertise across all areas of cyber criminality.” The recruitment drive coincides with a week-long campaign to raise awareness over the dangers of cyber crime. It comes after a study by campaign group Get Safe Online found 58 per cent of people in Yorkshire had been victims of cyber-crime and were left feeling “violated” by […]

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Destiny servers hacked, Hacker group ‘Lizard Squad’ takes responsibility

Destiny servers hacked, Hacker group ‘Lizard Squad’ takes responsibility

Lizard Squad, the notorious of group of hackers who had ‘hacked’ into the PSN late august, had caused a lot of havoc as they interrupted gameplay for many players. They had brought the servers down by using the Data Denial […]

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