Lizard Squad member charged with 50,000 crimes, yet dodges jail

uk police arrest six teens for using lizard squads hacking hire tool lizardsquad
Matt Cornish/Shutterstock
Christmas is thought of fondly as a time where as children (and at times as adults) we eagerly ripped open the paper on our gifts, unimaginably excited by the thought of a new game to play. Unfortunately kids that did so this past Christmas may have had trouble playing some of those games online with friends, because thanks to a hacking group called the Lizard Squad, both the Xbox Live and PlayStation Network suffered downtime throughout that day.

At the time a hacking group called Lizard Squad claimed responsibility and it was only through the cooperation of Kim Dotcom that they halted their attack. Now, and though it may have taken six months, one of the members of the hacking group has been found guilty of upwards of 50,000 separate charges  of criminal activity on a computer. Even so, his sentence has been surprisingly light.

Factoring in the Xbox and PlayStation network downing at Christmas, the 17-year-old Fin was given a two-year suspended sentence and what Polygon describes as a requirement to “speak out against cyber crime,” though there’s no hint in what capacity that would be.

Related: Lizard Squad chased by police, humbled by fellow hackers

While some have suggested that jail time would be extravagant for the relatively victimless crime of downing a computer network, others have pointed to the fact that the individual in question had been involved in an act known as “swatting,” whereby a false threat is called in to the authorities, in a manner that requires an armed response. Swatting has in some cases led to people being injured or shot.

Regardless, the sentence was light.

As shown above, according to other Lizard Squad members on the official group Twitter account, they have “free passes.”

Do you think that 50,000+ hacking offences warrant a stiffer sentence?

Gaming

Playing ‘Battlefield V’ on an $800 Nvidia card is stunning. And disappointing

‘Battlefield V’ is the first game to use Nvidia’s ray tracing support, now available with the RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti graphics cards. The feature can, in an ideal scenario, make the game look better, but the performance hit may not be…
Movies & TV

Out of movies to binge? Our staff picks the best flicks on Hulu right now

From classics to blockbusters, Hulu offers some great films to its subscribers. Check out the best movies on Hulu, whether you're into charming adventure tales or gruesome horror stories.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'The Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘The Good Place’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Movies & TV

'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' will seem muddled to mere muggles

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald brings magizoologist Newt Scamander back for more adventures, but the sequel to 2016's Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes a very deep dive into Potter-verse lore.
Gaming

These are the best Xbox One games available right now

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From 'Cuphead' to 'Halo 5,' the best Xbox One games offer something for everyone.
Smart Home

All the best Amazon Black Friday deals for 2018

Amazon may be an online-only retailer, but that doesn’t mean its Black Friday sales are anything to sniff at. In fact, due to its online status, Amazon has huge flexibility with the range of products and deals it can offer. Here's our…
Computing

HP takes $100 off of leather-clad Spectre Folio 13 bundle for Black Friday

HP is offering a discount to Black Friday shoppers for a bundle that includes its leather-wrapped answer to Apple's MacBook Air. HP is offering a $100 discount on the Spectre Folio 13 when bundled with a mouse and leather sleeve.
Computing

Save a heap with these Black Friday 2018 graphics card deals

The Black Friday 2018 sales period is finally here and it's brought with it a tonne of great component deals. We've been scouring websites and catalogs for days to find you the best graphics cards deals for Black Friday 2018.
Deals

The best Target Black Friday deals for 2018

The mega-retailer opens its doors to the most competitive shoppers at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 22, and signs indicate that the retailer means business this year. We've sifted through all of the deals, from consumer electronics to small…
Computing

Still miss Windows 7? Here's how to make Windows 10 look more like it

There's no simple way of switching on a Windows 7 mode in Windows 10. Instead, you can install third-party software, manually tweak settings, and edit the registry. We provide instructions for using these tweaks and tools.
Deals

Cyber Monday 2018: When it takes place and where to find the best deals

Cyber Monday is still a ways off, but it's never too early to start planning ahead. With so many different deals to choose from during one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, going in with a little know-how makes all the…
Computing

Ditch the passwords and buy Xbox games with just your face

Passwords are the past. The latest version of Windows 10 allows you to sign in with your Microsoft account on the web through Microsoft Edge using Windows Hello or a FIDO 2 Yubikey. 
Web

Canceling Amazon Prime is easy, and you might get a refund

Don't be intimidated. Learning how to cancel Amazon Prime is easier than you might think. You might even get a partial or full refund on the cost, depending on how much you've used it. Check out our quick-hit guide for doing so.
Computing

Editing a PDF is easy when you have the right tools in hand

Editing PDF files can be a real pain, but there are a few tricks to make the process a bit easier. This guide will give you three easy methods for how to edit a PDF, two of which work without needing Adobe Acrobat.