Earlier this week, in reply to an outage of the PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE, one member of the “Lizard Squad” was arrested in the UK after claiming some responsibility for a DDoS attack that took down both networks.
Arrested by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, this yet-to-be-named associate of Lizard Squad had potentially been outed by an independent investigator. As outed by Krebs on Security, Vinnie Omari has posted bail from the Kingston police station after having his home raided by police with search warrants and locked away for a very short time. Detailing the search warrant on Krebs’ security site, police searched for “email addresses, usernames, passwords, documents containing names associated with Paypal fraud.” Furthermore, police mined through Omari’s PC, phone and Xbox One data for ties to the “hacking of the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live systems over the Christmas period.”
Just today an associated press release was given by the Thames Valley Police, as an unidentified man of the same age was arrested on suspicion of fraud and offense against the Computer Misuse Act.
“The arrest yesterday (30/12) is in connection with an ongoing investigation in to cyber fraud offences which took place between 2013 and August 2014 during which victims reported funds being stolen from their PayPal accounts.”
This does not mention specifics against the PlayStation Network or Xbox LIVE, but given the similarities it’s hard to argue their association. Bail placed for the ability to leave his jail cell, Omari won’t face a trial until March 10th at 11 AM in Surrey. Further investigations reach out on a global scale as the USA is following suspicions of another Lizard Squad member living in Finland. With no further motivation than for their entertainment, reports on Sky News in the UK and other sources who have managed an interview with known members of the group show that Lizard Squad feels no remorse, but may in the coming weeks.