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Who hacks the hackers? Script-kiddies Lizard Squad hacked

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Lizard Squad, as you probably know by now, is the hacking collective that’s been responsible for the PSN and Xbox Live downtime. One of the responsible script-kiddies has already been arrested, which is great news. What you may not know though, is that Lizard Squad started selling its DDoS services. Nearly 15 000 people registered with the group, and and many paid them to use its DDoS tools. In a delicious twist of irony, Lizard Squad’s own site was hacked – with its users’ details spilling out in to the public.

Computer security journalist Brian Krebs revealed that Lizard Squad essentially used the XBL and PSN attacks as adverts for their own LizardStresser site and its related tools. He also revealed that the group stored its registered, paying users details in plain text, without any encryption – which is just about the silliest thing I’ve ever heard.

“A copy of the LizardStresser customer database obtained by KrebsOnSecurity shows that it attracted more than 14,241 registered users, but only a few hundred appear to have funded accounts at the service,” he wrote on his own blog. “Interestingly, all registered usernames and passwords were stored in plain text. Also, the database indicates that customers of the service deposited more than USD $11,000 worth of bitcoins to pay for attacks on thousands of Internet addresses and Web sites “

Confirming our – and the rest of the internet’s – suspicions that Lizard Squad is little more than a cabal of teenagers with more time than brains, computer science student and engineer Eric Zhang said of the site:

“If you look at the site it’s clearly run by someone who does not have much formal experience in software engineering,” se affirmed. “Most of what they are doing is not really impressive,” he said. “Anyone can do it. All it takes is time.”

What Lizard Squad has managed to do though, is invoke the ire of the real hackers; security research pros who’re not pleased with the groups notoriety.

“There seems to be a general sense in the security research community that these guys are in way over their heads, and that if we can’t bring to justice a bunch of teenagers in Western nations who are rubbing it in everyone’s faces, then that’s a sad state of affairs.”

Last Updated: January 21, 2015

103 Comments

  1. ToshZA

    January 21, 2015 at 12:33

    Those tags! LOL!

    Also, the 7th tag has 7 O’s in it.

    Reply

    • Quo Vadis?

      January 21, 2015 at 12:43

      I think they did that on purpose!

      Reply

    • Admiral Chief

      January 21, 2015 at 12:46

      O_O

      Reply

    • Shas 'O Norm

      January 21, 2015 at 12:57

      Well spotted!

      Reply

    • Captain JJ Saga

      January 21, 2015 at 12:59

      Don’t tell Rants about the 7 O’s in the 7th tag. That number makes him nervous.

      Reply

      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        January 21, 2015 at 12:59

        Don’t be such a square.

        Reply

        • ToshZA

          January 21, 2015 at 13:00

          He can’t help it, he’s in the area.

          Reply

  2. Captain JJ Saga

    January 21, 2015 at 12:34

    Wow, those tags.

    Reply

  3. Hammersteyn

    January 21, 2015 at 12:34

    • ToshZA

      January 21, 2015 at 12:34

      LOOOOOOOOOOOOL

      Reply

    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      January 21, 2015 at 12:42

      That movie is such fun.

      Reply

      • Ghost In The Rift

        January 21, 2015 at 12:43

        The name of the movie kaptein?

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          January 21, 2015 at 12:43

          Filth

          Reply

          • ToshZA

            January 21, 2015 at 12:44

            #DescribeYourPoopWithAMovieTitle

          • Hammersteyn

            January 21, 2015 at 12:46

            O_o ummm, Dark Sahdows or Pain & Gain

          • Lord Chaos

            January 21, 2015 at 12:46

            I… don’t want to know

          • Captain JJ Saga

            January 21, 2015 at 12:46

            The Empire Strikes Back

          • Hammersteyn

            January 21, 2015 at 12:46

            Pulp Fiction

          • Admiral Chief

            January 21, 2015 at 12:47

            The gods must be crazy

          • Hammersteyn

            January 21, 2015 at 12:47

            Star Trek Into Darkness

          • ToshZA

            January 21, 2015 at 12:47

            Underworld Evolution

          • Hammersteyn

            January 21, 2015 at 12:47

            The Departed

          • Admiral Chief

            January 21, 2015 at 12:47

            BetterExperienceThanTwilight

          • ToshZA

            January 21, 2015 at 12:48

            The Hobbit

          • Admiral Chief

            January 21, 2015 at 12:49

            …an Unexpected Journey

          • Captain JJ Saga

            January 21, 2015 at 12:49

            Fellowship of the ring

          • Admiral Chief

            January 21, 2015 at 12:50

            Einaaaaa

          • ToshZA

            January 21, 2015 at 12:51

            Se7en

          • Hammersteyn

            January 21, 2015 at 12:50

            Midnight Express

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 21, 2015 at 12:51

            Harry Potter series, and LOTR trilogy (and everything related to LOTR). Because that was kak.

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 21, 2015 at 12:52

            We agree on something.

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 21, 2015 at 12:53

            The world is about to end! Forces of evil and, er, evil agree!

          • Captain JJ Saga

            January 21, 2015 at 12:55

            Emperor isn’t evil. He’s just devious.

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 21, 2015 at 12:55

            I’m perfectly trustworthy if you’re on my side.

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 21, 2015 at 12:57

            Thank you. I stand (un)corrected.

          • Captain JJ Saga

            January 21, 2015 at 12:57

            The requirements to be on “your side” is the problem.

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 21, 2015 at 12:57

            Vague, loose, onerous and frankly, unattainable.

          • Captain JJ Saga

            January 21, 2015 at 12:58

            Well, if those are it then I’ve had it down since I could walk.

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 21, 2015 at 13:00

            You need to start wearing polo necks, the brown ring is showing around your neck there…. *RUUUUUUUUUUUUNS*

          • Captain JJ Saga

            January 21, 2015 at 13:03

            LOL

          • Admiral Chief

            January 21, 2015 at 13:05

            So THAT is why Steve Jobs wore them?

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 21, 2015 at 13:06

            Food for thought, but who would he suck up to? Except investors and shareholders, of course 😀

          • Admiral Chief

            January 21, 2015 at 13:10

            I thought he did it to himself?

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 21, 2015 at 13:12

            That’s some serious contortionist skills there!

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 21, 2015 at 12:58

            Not for me :/

          • Lord Chaos

            January 21, 2015 at 12:52

            Depends, did you spend the night with a stripper?

          • Admiral Chief

            January 21, 2015 at 12:52

            Well my wife stripped last night, so yes, you are spot on!

          • Captain JJ Saga

            January 21, 2015 at 12:53

            I considered getting into stripping myself twice this week just because my job is so kak, but sadly I apparently don’t have the body for it.

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 21, 2015 at 12:54

            Not according to The Full Monty.

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 21, 2015 at 12:54

            Burlesque maybe? *RUNS*

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 21, 2015 at 12:47

            Spider-Man 2 – The Rise of Electro.

          • ToshZA

            January 21, 2015 at 12:47

            Anaconda

          • Lord Chaos

            January 21, 2015 at 12:47

            See what you did??

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 21, 2015 at 12:48

            If you suffer from constipation – I Know What You Did Last Summer

          • ToshZA

            January 21, 2015 at 12:48

            28 Days Later 😉

          • Lord Chaos

            January 21, 2015 at 12:49

            *Weeks

          • Admiral Chief

            January 21, 2015 at 12:48

            Did you hear about the movie called Constipation?
            Well, it’s not out yet…

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 21, 2015 at 12:50

            After a night out with too many beers and some Indian food –
            “The Conjuring”

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 21, 2015 at 12:51

            Not The Rundown?

          • Hammersteyn

            January 21, 2015 at 12:52

            LOL

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 21, 2015 at 12:52

            Blow? Dante’s peak even? How about Armageddon?

          • Hammersteyn

            January 21, 2015 at 12:51

            Okay last one
            The Silence Of The Lambs

          • Mandom (Umar)

            January 21, 2015 at 12:53

            Waterworld?

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 21, 2015 at 12:55

            LOL yea I guess so.

          • Jaded_Reprobate

            January 21, 2015 at 12:51

            50 shades………….

          • Jaded_Reprobate

            January 21, 2015 at 12:53

            Apocalypse Now

          • Left4Dead

            January 21, 2015 at 12:56

            Rush Hour
            Bad Boys
            Godzilla!
            Fast & Furious
            The Rock

          • Mossel

            January 21, 2015 at 13:33

            Black Hawk Down.

          • Ghost In The Rift

            January 21, 2015 at 12:45

            Thanks buddy:-D

        • Left4Dead

          January 21, 2015 at 12:52

          Bloodsport

          Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        January 21, 2015 at 12:43

        Loved it

        Reply

    • RinceThis

      January 21, 2015 at 12:49

      Such a great movie!

      Reply

    • hairyknees

      January 21, 2015 at 15:11

      SO MUCH WIN IN THIS COMMENT

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        January 21, 2015 at 15:34

        Missing the Merino already bud

        Reply

  4. Mandom (Umar)

    January 21, 2015 at 12:37

    • Shas 'O Norm

      January 21, 2015 at 12:55

      IKR.
      Who does that anymore?

      Reply

    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      January 21, 2015 at 12:56

      Should have written them down on post-it notes. Impossible to hack.

      Reply

  5. FruitFLY

    January 21, 2015 at 12:38

    Karma is a bitch…

    Reply

    • Lord Chaos

      January 21, 2015 at 12:48

      Nope, my ex’s name was not Karma.

      Reply

      • Captain JJ Saga

        January 21, 2015 at 12:51

        Technically, saying it’s Karma is wrong.
        It’s Vipaka.
        Karma is the action, Vipaka is the result or reaction.

        Reply

        • Lord Chaos

          January 21, 2015 at 12:53

          Sounds about right.

          Reply

  6. Ghost In The Rift

    January 21, 2015 at 12:40

    My guess its a hacking group that in real terms are the CIA, maybe the dudes that hacked North Korea.

    Reply

  7. Blood Emperor Trevor

    January 21, 2015 at 12:45

    Look at all the filthy government puppets trying to take down these brave freedom fighters! It’s like you DON’T WANT better security to prevent them DDoSing the services that wouldn’t need it if they didn’t do it? *foams at the mouth a bit*

    Reply

  8. Admiral Chief

    January 21, 2015 at 12:46

    Those tags!

    Reply

  9. FSR

    January 21, 2015 at 12:46

    The funniest part is that people willingly gave LS their money and expected them to keep their personal info safe… Smart move.

    Reply

    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      January 21, 2015 at 12:48

      Exactly! Who would trust a bunch of jerkwads like that?

      Reply

      • Lord Chaos

        January 21, 2015 at 12:49

        A bunch of retards?

        Reply

      • Shas 'O Norm

        January 21, 2015 at 12:54

        Probably another bunch of jerkwads.

        Reply

  10. Vogiir

    January 21, 2015 at 12:47

    Gotta love karma XD

    Reply

  11. RinceThis

    January 21, 2015 at 12:48

    HAHAHAHAH!

    Reply

  12. Shas 'O Norm

    January 21, 2015 at 12:53

    Love the tags.

    Reply

  13. Kensei Seraph

    January 21, 2015 at 12:54

    The project I’ve spent several months working on and was nearly complete just broke and I don’t have a recent back-up.
    I needed to change one of the functions that is called to check and adjust the date and then return the month as a number and it wasn’t updating properly so I built and rebuilt the project (as was done before to fix this exact same issue) and it deleted ALL the .dll files and then told me it need one of the deleted .dll files to build the rest.
    I managed to get it to recompile the .dll files using the deployed version of the base .dll file but then it wouldn’t run.
    After doing some research I removed and replaced one of the references and it’s now running but it still hadn’t updated the function.
    I then manually replaced the .dll file that contains that function and now it runs correctly but of course I’m probably going to have to manually replace that .dll after I’ve deployed and that can cause a whole heap of other problems which I’ve already had to suffer through.

    http://d24w6bsrhbeh9d.cloudfront.net/photo/a9de3N0_460sa.gif

    Reply

    • Kensei Seraph

      January 21, 2015 at 13:08

      Fixed it (for now)
      I love Google and stackoverflow.

      Reply

    • Brady miaau

      January 21, 2015 at 13:32

      DLL hell is still a real and present danger

      Reply

  14. Kensei Seraph

    January 21, 2015 at 12:57

    Now that I’ve actually read the article and am done venting I have this to say (on the article):
    Good.

    Reply

  15. Neji

    January 21, 2015 at 12:58

    “He also revealed that the group stored its registered, paying users details in plain text, without any encryption” – so they did a Sony… ja-nee

    Reply

  16. CAE9872

    January 21, 2015 at 13:05

    Such good news! I laughed so hard when I first read this last night.

    Reply

  17. Milesh Bhana

    January 21, 2015 at 14:09

    “Anyone can do it. All it takes is time.”

    so, anyone can bring the two of the biggest gaming networks to it’s knees? If those networks are that fragile then they should give us games with less of an on-line dependency.

    Reply

  18. hairyknees

    January 21, 2015 at 15:11

    Those tags xD

    Reply

  19. blackdreamhunk

    January 21, 2015 at 15:22

    This would never happen if Sony and Microsoft respected PC gamers, Sony with it’s DRM. Pc gamers are hackers notice steam was never hacked by Lizard Squad! Pc gaming dying from the gaming media!

    Reply

  20. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    January 21, 2015 at 15:31

    LMAO! Hang them by their balls!!!!

    Reply

    • Brady miaau

      January 21, 2015 at 15:32

      if they have dropped?

      Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      January 23, 2015 at 12:35

      They have none

      Reply

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