Lizard Squad Member Arrested In UK: Police Raid Home Of Suspected Christmas PSN And Xbox Live Attacker

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Dec 31, 2014 06:18 PM EST
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According to reports, U.K. police have arrested one of the self-professed members of Lizard Squad, the hacking group said to have been behind the Christmas takedown of PSN and Xbox Live.

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22 year old Vinnie Omari was arrested Monday by a South East Regional Organized Crime Unit raid on his home, reports The Daily Dot. The publication confirmed the event through emails to Omari, who provided a photo of the search warrant. He also told The Daily Dot that they "took everything", including his phone, laptops, computer USBs, and more.

A press release from the Thames Valley Police corroborates the story, saying the SEROCU "arrested a 22 year old man from Twickenham on suspicion of fraud by false representation and Computer Misuse Act offences" on December 30.

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Lizard Squad used DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks on Christmas Day to bring down both Sony and Microsoft's networks, preventing millions from using existing or new games and consoles online for several days. The Daily Dot says Omari was released on bail Tuesday and that no charges were filed, only "alleged charges". The FBI is also investigating another supposed Lizard Squad member, who goes by ryanc and lives in Finland. Ryanc is aged only around 16 or 17 years, and is interviewed in the video below.

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