The police were able to find an eighteen-year-old member of the Lizard Squad who was involved in the Sony PSN & Microsoft Xbox Live gaming service hacks over Christmas. He was arrested in Southport, Boundary Street – he was charged with death threats, computer hacking and swatting.
For those of you who do not know what ‘swatting’ is, it is sending swat teams to people’s homes under a made up pretense. Typically to the homes of those who criticized the #GamerGate movement (‘#GamerGate Movement’ is an online movement ostensibly concerned with ethics in game journalism and with protecting the “gamer” identity.)
All of his electronic devices were seized during the raid by the officers from the United Kingdom’s CyberCrime Unit. Police are still in the early stages of investigation; they are working closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to check into who is involved in this online fraud.
“This investigation is a good example of joint law enforcement cooperation in relation to a type of criminality that is not restricted by any geographical boundaries. We are pursuing cyber criminals using the latest technology and working with businesses and academia to further develop specialist investigative capabilities to protect and reduce the risk to the public,” says Craig Jones, head of South East Regional Crime Unit.
Peter Goodman, Deputy Chief Constable from National Policing who provides leads on cyber security, stated that, “this was a significant arrest of a British national who was involved in serious and organized cyber cosa nostra on a massive scale.”
“This arrest demonstrates that we will pursue those who commit crime with the false perception they are protected within their own homes or hiding behind anonymous online personas,” stated Goodman.
Below is the warrant issued by the British Police:
Reading Magistrates’ Court
WARRANT TO ENTER AND SEARCH PREMISES
Court code: 1920
Court office address: Reading
Telephone number 01189801818
This warrant is issued under:
- Section 8 – Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984
I authorize the person or persons indentified beneath to enter the specified premises, on the number of occasions indicated, to search for:
Documentary and electronic evidence revealing email addresses, usernames, passwords, documents containing names associated with PayPal fraud and data concerning the transactions involved. Documentary and electronic evidence revealing email addresses, usernames, passwords, documents, and data in relation to the hacking of the Playstation network and Xbox live systems over the Christmas period. Electronic equipment, such as smart phones, computers, laptops, tablets, routers, and other electronic devices capable of storing digital data. Data storage devices such as USB sticks. Mobile telephones. Banking documentation.
Premises authorized to be searched: information cannot be disclosed
any associated outbuilding.
Number of occasions on which search is authorized: One
Person(s) authorized by me to execute this warrant: information cannot be disclosed.
Person(s) authorized by me to accompany those executing this warrant: Police
Officers, Police Staff and eForensic specialists
This warrant was applied for by: DC 5174 James Howden
This warrant is valid for [3 months2] from the date of its issue.
Warrant issued by: 3 …. Information cannot be disclosed ……….. [Justice of the Peace]
[District Judge (Magistrates’ Court)]
Signature or other authentication……………………………………………………………………………..
But did they save the Christmas or destroy it? That is for our readers to decide.
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