Playstation and Xbox Christmas hacks – UK man arrested

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A man in the UK has been arrested in relation to the hack attacks on the Sony Playstation Network and Xbox Live networks in December.

 

Sony and Xbox hacks may have been carried out by 18 year old man

The person arrested is just 18 years old and comes from Southport, near Liverpool in the UK. He stands accused of the hacking incident in which he gained unauthorised access to computer materials and provided false information to US-based law enforcement agencies.

The investigation which led to the man’s arrest was run by the FBI in the U.S. and the UK cybercrime unit.

On Christmas day, excited gamers woke up to find that they were unable to log into both the Playstation Network and Xbox Live, a result of a so-called denial-of-service attack in which the servers are flooded with traffic, which makes it hard to access them for normal purposes.

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Sony Hack

Gamers were unable to access Sony’s Playstation Network (PSN) over Christmas.

The operation was the result of a joint effort between the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) in the UK, and the North West Regional Crime Unit (ROCU), in addition to the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU).

The head of the Cyber Crime Unit at SEROCU stated that “This investigation is a good example of joint law enforcement co-operation in relation to a type of criminality that is not restricted by any geographical boundaries” and that “We are still at the early stages of the investigation and there is still much work to be done. We will continue to work closely with the FBI to identify those who commit offences and hold them to account.”

Last year, the Lizard Squad group claimed responsibility, and it’s not yet known whether the man arrested today was part of that group, of whether he operated independently.

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Let us know in the comments below if you were affected by the cyber attacks on the Playstation and Xbox networks.

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