Man held by British police over Xbox Live, PSN attacks

Joint op between UK police, FBI yields first arrest in connection with December’s DDoS on gamers

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Man held by British police over Xbox Live, PSN attacks
By  Stephen McBride Published  January 18, 2015

UK police, working with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, have arrested a man in northwest England in connection with December's holiday-period cyber-attacks on Sony's PlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live gaming hubs, Reuters reported this weekend.

Both networks were hit by DDoS-related outages during the Christmas break, which were claimed by cyber prankster cabal Lizard Squad. While Microsoft restored systems within 24 hours, new owners of PlayStation 4 consoles had to wait several more days to connect.

"Officers ... have arrested a man in Southport, Merseyside this morning as part of an investigation into ‘swatting' and computer hacking offences," Merseyside police said in a statement.

Swatting refers to the practice of calling in false threats to US law enforcement agencies, with the intent of having armed personnel respond.

No details of how the British suspect was identified are available as yet.

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