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A seventeen year old member of the hacker collective Lizard Squad has plead guilty to 23 accounts of swatting.

Swatting, the act of calling the police with a false claim that an emergency situation is still in progress in hopes that a victim’s house will be raided by law enforcement, has become a popular form of online harassment that bleeds into the offline world. These police raids are often violent, as the pranksters usually lead law enforcement to believe that force is needed to deescalate the situation. This member of the Lizard Squad specifically harassed League of Legend players. According to Tri-City News, after being unable to connect with LoL players, the hacker would post their personal information online (including date of birth, credit card numbers and social insurance numbers), deactivate their internet connection or order unwanted pizzas to their homes before ultimately calling the police to have them swatted.

Perhaps most egregiously, the member of Lizard Squad spent months harrasing a University student from Tuscon, Arizona. He had the young woman swatted once, only to do it again five days later when her mother was visiting. He is reported to have bragged about doing it on Twitter. A month later he would post online the credit card information of the woman, and proceed to send her 218 text messages, simultaneously. He would latter hack her twitter account and her university email address, and the Guardian claims that this harassment caused the woman to drop out of her University. The teen would continue to attempt to cancel the utilities of the woman’s family and attempted to subscribe her to a $500 per month phone contract.

Over the past year the hacker collective Lizard squad has been growing their reputation online in a rather negative way. They were responsible for bringing down PSN and Xbox live on numerous occasions (notably on Christmas day), much to the irritation of gamers worldwide. Towards the end of 2014 Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for taking North Korea off the internet for about a day. They also defaced many websites, including replacing the main page of Malaysian Airlines with a comical ‘404 plane not found’ page, as well as hacking and defacing the Lenovo website in reaction to their Scandal with the Superfish spyware.

Due to the age of the Lizard Squad member, his real name is being kept confidential. Online, he went by the handle ‘obnoxious’. You can’t make these things up.

Matthew Campanella

A firm believer that technology is making the world a better place who hopes to share the revelation with other. Professional tramp, amateur writer. Huge nerd, occasional gamer.

  • ArsCortica

    Serves him right, although I find it disturbing that such a young individual could already be this mentally fucked up. Hope he doesn’t get some kind of “youth sentence” – if you pulled the stuff he did, you’re clearly fit to be judged as a adult.

  • coboney

    I suspect a lot of it is that he didn’t get the real world effects these things could have. He does need to get some help in a big way and be off the internet for a while – hopefully to learn some responsibility and rehabilitate.

  • Matthew Dolby

    REHABILITATE?! Tell that shit to the people he’s harassed. He doesn’t deserve rehabilitation. He deserves a full prison term.

  • coboney

    I believe the focus of prison should be to rehabilitate – that is what they are supposed to be for aren’t they?

  • webkilla

    Throw the book at him. Hard. He is more than old enough to know what he did was very wrong.

  • webkilla

    Agreed – though at the moment I think people are more expressing an emotional reaction to the guy finally being punished. Plus, a few years behind bars is sure to humble the little shit so he wont pull crap like that again.

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  • Montrillian

    Hell Yeah! Serves those fuckers right!

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  • mbits

    Of course, this will be counted against GG. Even though it started months before GG was a thing. And even though he had nothing to do with it and was just hassling *everyone* because he’s a dick… including the airline and Lenovo. I mean, why face reality when the mainstream gaming press can just lump everything this random person did at the feet of GG? (Not to mention, we’re told that misogyny and harassment are endemic in gaming, yet all I have ever seen is dumb shit that teenagers are doing… which is more because they’re fucking teenagers than anything else).

  • mbits

    Then why have any discretion at all? Why not try ten year olds as adults? I mean, if you have been deemed not to have the cognitive ability of an adult and therefore not held accountable to the same level of adult, that shouldn’t change, just because this time you were *really really a super duper dick*.

  • mbits

    No, primary purpose is to generate revenue for private corporations through contracts with the government.

  • Audie Bakerson

    I’m so glad the mounties have to spend their time looking at comics to find fictional characters that might look kinda like someone under 18 instead of nabbing this guy when he started committing crimes 3 years ago

  • Audie Bakerson

    According to other articles, he actually started years ago.

    The fact that Lizard Squad was paid to DDoS 8ch repeatedly will be ignored of course.

  • Erthwjim

    So much this, I’m sure the harassment and doxxing of the girl in Tuscon has already been blamed on gamergate. This only proves more the whole third party troll thing.

  • SevTheBear

    Here is a “interview” with 2 guys claiming to be members of LS. They are young boys that have nothing better to do and think it’s funny to piss people off.

  • Hacking websites, companies, whatever. Very rarely will those things get me worked up – even the PSN hack, you know, whatever. But what he did to that college student was serious, and he should be sentenced as an adult, in my opinion.

  • Toastrider

    Rehabilitation only starts when you accept that your actions were wrong. If he hasn’t, it’s pointless.

  • Toastrider

    I’ve long thought ‘swatting’ should carry the same weight as assault with a deadly weapon. The fact that your weapon is a police department (who may believe they’re about to encounter a suicidal lunatic) is of no relevance. Felony charges ahoy, and time in a medium security prison at minimum. Enjoy your stay!

  • coboney

    Totally agree with that. That is the first step is teaching and having him accept internally it is wrong and WHY it is wrong.

  • Audie Bakerson

    I just looked through your previous comments and I’m not even going to dignify you with a proper response.