Six teenagers ages 15 to 18 were arrested after renting the Lizard Squad’s stresser DDoS tool with bit coin in the hopes to remain anonymous. The stresser tool’s goal is to make a server or network unavailable to users by sending (an overload of) data to them. The Lizard Squad (the group that made the tool) is known for taking down Xbox live and Playstation servers over Christmas weekend, but none of the teenagers are proved to be Lizard Squad member or a part of the Christmas hack.
This group of teenagers had targeted various websites such as a UK national newspaper, gaming companies, online retailers, and a school. It has not been verified which exact websites they attempted to DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service).
The senior operations manger at the National Cyber Crime unit said “By paying a comparatively small fee, tools like Lizard Stresser can cripple businesses financially and deprive people of access to important information and public services.” I think this is horrifying that they just realized this is happening when this is the basics of hacking. How far behind is the NCA (National Crime Agency) from these hackers?