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Six Suspected Users of LizardStresser DDoS Service Arrested in UK

Infosecurity-magazine.com reported on 28th August, 2015 stating that police force from around UK while functioning with the National Crime Agency (NCA) of the country, have jailed six teenagers in connection of 'malicious deployment' of Lizard Squad DDoS tool, known as, LizardStresser.

The notorious criminals provide the software which downloads the targeted sites for up to 8 hours in lieu of payment. The NCA said that the teens in question in the age group of 15 to 18 used 'alternative' payment systems such as bitcoin to pay out for the services in trying to secure their privacy.

LizardStresser DDoS attacks businesses of a national daily, a school, gaming enterprises and e-retailers flooding target servers with traffic and knocking services offline.

The NCA finished arrests in partnership with regional and local police personnel all over the country and will also visit 50 more addresses of teenagers who have signed up with LizardStresser but not probably used it till now.

Securityweek.com published news on 28th August, 2015 quoting Tony Adams, Head of Investigations of National Cyber Crime Unit of NCA, as saying "Tools like LizardStresser can bring down businesses financially and deny people access to significant information and public services. This multi-agency operation shows the commitment of the NCA and its partners to pursue people who believe that they can unlawfully disturb key public services or genuine businesses."

Adams added that one of our main concerns is to connect with those on the peripheries of cyber criminality to help them know the significance of cyber crime and how they can channel their capabilities into productive and profitable authentic careers."

It is not surprising that police have targeted those who used the service and even those who simply registered on the website of LizardStresser. The service was hacked in January and the details of more than 14,000 users were disclosed.

A member of Lizard Squad was arrested in Twickenham in December in connection with Christmas attacks and another member was arrested in May.

The hacking group in a twitter post called the operation a "joke" and said that they are lured to launch a free version of LizardStresser.

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