Six UK teens arrested for use of Lizard Squad DDoS tool
Country’s National Crime Agency launches Operation Vivarium, nabs suspects as young as 15
Six teens in the UK have been arrested by the country's National Crime Agency (NCA) for using cyber gang Lizard Squad's Lizard Stresser tool, according to the NCA's website.
Lizard Stresser is a cloud-based distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) tool reportedly used in the Christmas Day 2014 attack against Sony and Microsoft's gaming networks.
The youths arrested by NCA were all male and aged between 15 and 18. Each is thought to have paid for use of the tool through alternative payment methods, such as bitcoin.
In a sting called Operation Vivarium, NCA officers, working with "various police forces and Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCUs)", moved on addresses in Manchester, Huddersfield, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Stockport, to make the arrests.
NCA said that organisations targeted by the teens include "a leading national newspaper, a school, gaming companies and a number of online retailers".
"Those receiving visits will be told that DDoS attacks are illegal, can prevent individuals from accessing vital online services, and can cause significant financial and reputational damage to businesses," the NCA announced on its site. "They will also be informed that committing cyber-crime can result in severe restrictions on their freedom, access to the Internet, digital devices and future career prospects."
The NCA's statement also claimed that around 30% of UK businesses reported suffering a DDoS attack in the past year.