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Six people busted for using Lizard Squad's custom DDoS tool

Six people arrested for using the Lizard Squad DDoS tool

Michael Hatamoto | Aug 31, 2015 at 5:57 pm CDT (0 mins, 59 secs time to read)

Six teenagers have been arrested, and are now out on bail, suspected of using the Lizard Squad's Lizard Stresser distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack tool, according to the UK National Crime Agency. The arrests were part of "Operation Vivarium," and included coordination between the NCA and several police agencies.

Six people busted for using Lizard Squad's custom DDoS tool | TweakTown.com

The arrested men include one 15-year-old, a 16-yearold, one 17-year-old, and three 18-year-olds. Earlier in the year, officials arrested two other teenagers for allegedly using the Lizard Stresser.

"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," said Tony Adams, senior operations manager of the NCA national cybercrime unit.

"This multi-agency operation illustrates the commitment of the NCA and its partners to pursuing people who think they can criminally disrupt important public services or legitimate businesses."

This is a somewhat meaningless "victory" for UK officials, as arresting teenagers responsible for purchasing the tool - and using it - to target companies isn't the same as detaining actual Lizard Squad members.

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