Here at the offices of Aces Casino (A.K.A. The Orange County Casino Night Party Leaders), well, as you can imagine, we're really into games. All kinds of games. Sure, we love our Blackjack, Craps and Roulette, not to mention Texas Hold-'Em Poker tournaments, but we also love VIDEO games. We, like so many other people around this great world of ours, LOVE these 21st-cxentury marvels. Just turn the machine on, get connectred online, and it's fun-time!
Except last Christmas (2014), that is.
Anyone that had either the XBox One or PlayStation 4 game consoles and tried to play with them on December 25 found out early that December morning that the two game engines were involved in what's called a "DDoS," or a denial of service. Hackers from some group called "The Lizard Squad" had decided to do their best to shut down operations on the two systems, and succeeded. I don't remember being able to log on until sometime later, the next day.
We remember thinking to ourselves, "what a dastardly thing to do to the kids getting up on Christmas morning, and finding out their machines won't link up because of these bozos."
Ahh, sweet revenge.
Following this wordy blog / commercial for Aces Casino Entertainment, the orange county casino party company that ALL the top clients and event coordinators come to for the best in niche entertainment, you'll find an article that discusses the aftermath of what happened late last year. This article from Finland is from our buddies over at gamerant.com. Enjoy.. (Ed. Note: We will. Stupid hackers from Lizard Squad, fry 'em all.)
Christmas DDoS Hacker Found Guilty and Sentenced in Finland
Lizard Squad member Julius ‘zeekill’ Kivimaki was handed a two-year suspended sentence and ordered to help combat cybercrime rather than perpetrate it. Many have expressed disappointment at how lenient the Finnish courts seem to have been, but it’s important to stress that this ruling does not include the Christmas attack.
Instead, Kivimaki is being found guilty of some 50,700 other charges of cybercrime. These include data breaches, felony payment fraud and telecommunications harassment, according to a report by The Daily Dot. The seventeen-year-old is also thought to have engaged in ‘swatting’ activities.
With Kivimaki being given a comparable light sentence for this laundry list of offences, it will certainly be interesting to see what sort of punishment is doled out when the Christmas attacks are inspected in court. While 50,700 charges is certainly a large rap sheet in its own right, the 2014 outages affected millions of users worldwide.
The scale of the attacks is one reason that the offences might be handled differently, but there’s also the fact that major corporations like Microsoft and Sony were targeted. Companies with global interests typically have robust legal departments, and it seems likely that they will be called upon to bring Lizard Squad to justice.
Sony was forced to extend users subscriptions and offer discounts as an apology for the PSN outages last Christmas. The company took that financial hit to keep players happy in a difficult situation, but pursuing prosecution for the hackers who carried out the attack would seem like the most obvious way of deterring future copycats.
As gaming systems and their online services become more and more intertwined, this sort of crime is only going to become more of a talking point. We’re already seeing an increase in the number of releases that require an Internet connection to function, and those titles would obviously be useless in the event of a large-scale breach.
Cybercrime is a very real issue in the modern world, and it’s going to take some time for courts around the world to understand it well enough to prosecute appropriately. A two-year suspended sentence might seem like a light punishment for some 50,700 charges — but it’s difficult to say what’s right and wrong for a set of crimes that wouldn’t have been possible even a decade ago.