Lizard Squad & PoodleCorp Founder Pleads Guilty to DDoS Attacks

Remember Lizard Squad? Yes, a group of DDoS attackers who caused havoc by attacking tech giants, gaming servers, and small businesses back in 2014. Apparently, the people who created Lizard Squad were also behind creating PoodleCorp group who took things to a whole new level by hacking YouTube accounts of popular celebrities and conducting DDoS against gaming giants.

Attacks and scams

In 2016, two men, Zachary Buchta, 20 (founding member of the group) from Maryland, United States and Bradley Jan Willem van Rooy, 19 from the Netherlands were arrested and charged by the United States Department of Justice with credit card theft, compromising protected computers and operating DDoS services using a DDoS tool “LizardStresser.”

 Lizard Squad and PoodleCorp Founder Pleads Guilty to DDoS Attacks
Zachary Buchta

The group also hijacked surveillance cameras and used them for targeting government as well as banking websites. Butcha also blackmailed people over the phone and charged $20 fee from clients. One of his victim from Chicago received non-stop calls for 30 days. “Your target will be left with only 3 options. Change their number, Bend to your whim, deal with a ringing phone for the length of our attack :\,” Butcha told his clients.

According to a censored example call released by the DOJ “Better look over your [expletive] back because I don’t flying [expletive] if we have to burn your [expletive] house down, if we have to [expletive] track your [expletive] family down, we will [expletive] your [expletive] up [expletive]”.

Pleading Guilty

Now, the good news is that Buchta who also targeted HackRead.com has been kicked to two and half year prison after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit damage to computers. Buchta also agreed to pay a sum of $350,000 to two online gambling companies who were affected by attacks planned and carried by Lizard Squad.

Lizard Squad’s victims

Among others, some of the most noted victims of the cybercrime group were British National Crime Agency Site (details), Blizzard servers (details), Steam servers (details) PlayStation and Xbox (details).

PoodleCorp’s victims

PoodleCorp came in the news after hacking and defacing the official YouTube account of WatchMojo, RedmercyLeafyisHereand Lilly Singh. The same group conducted a series of DDoS attacks on several other gaming giants including Blizzard and League of LegendsPokemon Go, Grand Theft Auto (GTA) and PlayStation servers.

Source: ChicagoTribune

Waqas

Waqas Amir is a Milan-based cybersecurity journalist with a passion for covering latest happenings in cyber security and tech world. In addition to being the founder of this website, Waqas is also into gaming, reading and investigative journalism.