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Daybreak under sustained DDOS attacks – Lizard Squad retaliate against Smedley

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If you thought Lizard Squad had vanished then think again because they are back in full force and their attention has fallen firmly on Daybreak Game Company.

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For the past couple of days, and throughout this very evening, the Daybreak servers have been under sustained DDOS attacks, apparently prompted by Twitter comments posted by Daybreak’s CEO John Smedley.

You may remember the bomb threat incident last year when Smedley’s plane was forced to land following a called in threat. There were also all the other incidents later in the year with attacks against Sony and Microsoft’s online services, among others. It was not happy time for online gamers and Lizard Squad took the bulk of the ‘credit’ for said attacks.

For the past couple of days John Smedley has been posting about the DDOS activities on his Twitter feed and Reddit, which has seemingly triggered this latest bout of outages.

These posts from Smedley were prompted by a Finnish article posted on the DailyDot which confirms the sentencing of 17 year old Julius “zeekill” Kivimaki who was handed a two-year suspended sentence for his involvement with Lizard Squad.

Smedley wrote on Reddit:

“He was the guy that brought down my flight with a bomb threat. I’ve heard the entire recording where he convinced an airline customer service agent there was a bomb on the plane. He also in conjunction with others has sent me pictures of my father’s grave with nasty stuff on it. I’ve had my entire credit history put out on the internet including my SSN and my families info. We’ve had multiple social networks and other things hacked and had my family members called.

“So to put this bluntly – I want this kind in jail for a long time. You shouldn’t be able to do crap like this without any hint of a consequence. I plan on doing everything in my power to see him get what’s coming to him in court one way or another. What he just got convicted of were over 50,000 separate incidents of hacking and other nastiness. This has nothing to do with the downing of the plane or the DDOS stuff he did or the things he did to me (not just me btw he did this to a lot of other people too). Those cases are still pending, but they have him dead to rights.”

The conversation continued on his Twitter feed.

“And he still has 15 other criminal cases awaiting prosecution in Finland. I may go after his parents in Civil court too. Little dirtbag. So stay tuned because @what_security – Here’s his Twitter address. He’s a sociopath and will get what’s coming to him. The FBI nailed this guy literally immediately. It took the Finnish government a long time to catch up. I got to talk to this dirtbag once when he called and pretended to be someone else. I also got to listen to the entire conversation between him and American Airlines the day he called in the bomb threat. His parents need to be held accountable for his actions in addition to his going to jail. @what_security – So I’m coming for you Julius.”

These posts appeared to have drawn the attackers out again and Daybreak’s games such as H1Z1 and Planetside 2 have been hit hard.

As of the time of writing, Smedley posts:

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