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Arrest Made Over PSN and Xbox Live Hacking

Arrest Made Over PSN and Xbox Live Hacking

Arrest Made Over PSN and Xbox Live Hacking

Arrest Made Over PSN and Xbox Live Hacking

 

An 18-year old man has been arrested in connection with the hacking of the Playstation Network and Xbox Live services which took place over the Christmas period last month.

The man from Southport, Merseyside (where I live, no it's not me!) was arrested and is being held on suspicion of unauthorized access to computer material and also apparently "threats to kill".

Along with these allegations, the arrested man has also been accused of "swatting". Swatting is a term which means prank phone calls are made to emergency services, resulting in armed police being unnecessarily called out for.

The arrest was made as part of a joint effort between UK cyber-crime authorities, including the South East Regional Organized Crime Unit and the National Cyber Crime Unit, and the FBI.

 

Arrest Made Over PSN and Xbox Live Hacking



"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," SEROCU Cyber Crime Unit head Craig Jones said in a statement.

"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 to who commit offences and hold them to account."

Association of Police Officers cyber security lead Peter Goodman added: "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."

Any further details on this case will be posted here.

What are your thoughts on this arrest? I'm personally glad to see this happen as along with myself it disturbed many people's enjoyment over the Christmas period, and I'm sure there was many disappointed children on Christmas day.

In regards to the death threats, this is also good to see action is being taken against these pathetic online threats. Our very own Dicehunter (a very active member on the OC3D Forums) has received similar threats on Facebook this week and it seems to be a common thing within social comments and online gaming.  

 

Join the discussion on the Arrest Over PSN and Xbox Live Hacking on the OC3D Forums - Credits to ShaunB-91.

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16-01-2015, 12:23:22

Dark NighT
My thoughts on this, yeah it is good they got someone for being a giant ass and ruined christmas for a lot of people, but these hacks do need a lot of people to pull off and it will never stop, no matter how many arrests are made. Atleast there is one less swatter around and thats good.Quote

16-01-2015, 13:11:17

yassarikhan786
I wouldn't class it as a hack in the traditional sense as it was just a simple DDoS attack.

I don't think it'll put off other "Script kiddies" as the supposed "hacking" software is readily available and doesn't require much/if any intelligence to run.Quote

16-01-2015, 13:33:05

barnsley
I doubt the guy that was caught was the one who setup their botnet/or a big fish within the group. Its actually quite clever how they set it up by using routers around the world that hadn't had their passwords changed...Quote

16-01-2015, 14:16:58

yassarikhan786
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Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
I doubt the guy that was caught was the one who setup their botnet/or a big fish within the group. Its actually quite clever how they set it up by using routers around the world that hadn't had their passwords changed...
Probably not. Stupid/lazy on the end user part though.Quote

17-01-2015, 08:00:02

AverageNinja
Just made it frontpage, good job on the write up man! You have a pleasant writing style Quote
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