Recently, we’ve seen everyone from hacktivist collectives to lone wolves use distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks to take down PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, League of Legends, and Blizzard networks.
Selfish, self absorbed, misdirected hate toward corporate practices maybe?
I always thought it was because the play park outside their house was removed so they had nothing to do after school.
Like these trolls would go outside...
Their moms took away their cellphones.
They do it for publicity, like this website is giving them. Thanks venturebeat.
there could be a good reason for doing this, one example is when psn went down a few years ago. what it did was wake up sony to strengthen its security which is actually a good thing for anyone concerned about their privacy. the problem with these ddos attacks is they have no real message behind them other than to annoy. if they truly wanted to get their message across they should forewarn everyone. say something like on such and such a date we will attack xbox live or whatever to show how weak their infrastructure is in hopes they take it seriously. that would put pressure on these companies to actually try and do something. however i think the only real way to counter this is to increase server load, so then it just becomes a game and the internet as a whole is what's really broken.
Well hate towards corporate practices can be done in many ways that dont effect my fellow gamers and thats saying "no with your wallet" thats the way with least collateral damage and is pretty direct especially with the attack bonus of a supporting like minded crowd.
its kind of obvious, beleive it or not legit companies will give alot of money to these guys to attack, or they will ask the victim for money and only than will they stop. Hacking is the same as any bussiness now
If you're speaking of white box or black box hackers, then no, these aren't what Lizard Squad is made up of. Companies will pay professional hackers money to find flaws in their security, not to take down the network completely. When the flaw is found, the company is informed of it, so hopefully they can fix it. If you're speaking of hackers ransoming off network usability by hacking then demanding money, then I don't know of any company that has ever given money for such a thing. Doing so would open a big can of worms, and more than likely a large number of hackers from the hacking community would tear those hackers down on principal.
no thats not what i mean at all. Companies will pay hackers to get down competitors servers, and of course youve never heard of that lol. What kind of company wants to advertise that theyve been hacked or that they are using such means. And you are romanticizing hackers too much. If any hackers have those feelings it is the vast minourity and probably only in selective developing nations. You realize developing nations have computers? and hacking for money may be the only way to get out of poverty in those territories. SO that is exaclty what they do. Scam emails, adware, trojans, spyware, yes hackers are all for the people. And you can make money from having a bot net aka... what is required to do a dos attack like lizard squard.
I've heard of it actually. I just didn't put it together that's what you were talking about. I used to be in IT, and network security was about half my job, so this kind of corporate espionage is known about and reported on. It doesn't make the news that often though. Companies don't often do it because it is illegal, and a good way to get shut down, because everything is traceable if you dig deep enough. I don't know if that's what's happening here though given that all the major competitors to one another have been hit at roughly the same time. So if, this kind of thing is going on, it begs the question, who is paying for this? Who is benefiting from it? All major companies/game servers have allegedly been hit by LS, and at no point was another company being shown as not having problems...which would be typical in your scenario. I'm not romanticizing hackers at all. There are many out there that are a**hats, but there is a strong, and skilled, hacker community that does go out and subverts these types of things in the interest of keeping the hacking community acceptable in some form or another. Anon is one such group, although they won't typically go after a hacking group as a cause. That being said, the internet is not a country specific thing. It doesn't matter where someone is located, they can be found. Developing nations may have this stuff(although it's more common in industrial nations due to education), but as to what people do in those countries like spam and whatnot, that is a far cry from being paid to take down a corporate web server. As far as the Bot net, yes you can make money on them, but they typically come from hacking groups which are more well known, and whose countries of origin are diversified. There is no evidence that LS is being paid to do these attacks, nor is there evidence that they are profiting off it in the least.
Cause they're pricks???
I have a party every time I read that inbreeds like these kids get's caught. Jail,big fines and years and years of restrictions on electronically devices and Internet access is music to my ears.
At the end of the day they are just a group of mad, mislead people who are taking their frustrations out on the wrong people. They get mad at a giant and their ultimate plan winds up being to step on a bunch of ants. Great job.
It's the ultimate end for the ultimate fanboy.
Or someone gave a mouse a cookie.
Is LS mad about something? I wouldn't know because the only time I ever saw them make some sort of reason for their attacks to seem like they were doing it for the consumer, it came across as half-assed and then they quickly went back to being dickheads bragging about their exploits as opposed to the terrible travesties that these companies were committing to exploit it's customers.
That's their resume
I like to think it's to show how wrong an all digital future is currently, at least with the current companies in the lead.
Um DDOS attacks don't stop people from playing their digital games period, fact....Unless your one of a tiny handful of brain dead morons who couldn't be bothered to set your console as the default console...Im 100% digital on my PS4 and have zero problems using 100% of my purchases even if I unplug my console.... I also still have access to 100% of every digital purchase I made on my PS3 and 360, even the games that are no longer available...As much as ignorant morons want to pretend digital purchases are yours forever even if the game is removed
I'm the most simplest form it's because they don't have anything better to do
Because they are attention seeking bricks that have very little regard for how their actions impact others. Not too far away from the definition of what a sociopath is.
Hope it at least has something to do with game companies pushing to deny right of ownership to consumers through online access.
You mean of the ZERO companies that deny anyone rights....Im sorry but your ignorant if you think you lose rights because you cant download something you purchased for a few hours cause some mental midgets had nothing better to do.... Anyone with a brain has zero problems accessing things they bought digitally over XBL or PSN, I have total access to games I've purchased on both just by going into my download list... AND since I have a brain that functions properly I can completely unplug my PS4 from my router and 100% of my digital purchases work, as I have the common sense and have no desire to try and game share to make my PS4 the default PS4 that my account is attached to, literally took me 2.5 seconds to do so at set up when it asked me during setup
Would that be MS who first charged for only and pushed for multiplayer games? Or Capcom who sold decades old arcade games over PSN and XBL that lock you out if they don't have online connections? What about the things EA Ubisoft and Activision on consoles PCs and tablet that are more about keeping money coming their way rather than just sell you something and be done with it. Nevermind the waiting question of how useful will the 360 or PS3 are going to be when their servers are shut down. FFS: This gen started with MS trying to dictate how and when you used the XB0 as well as how bought sold and even lent games for it. Between that missedbullet, EA and Sony starting to rent games via online, you don't think ownership issues aren't coming? FDFS: When games where only physical media companies where saying in copyright small text that they still own the software. This is an old argument that people are letting go of because of convenience.
Noble sentiments and all, but I really think these guys just do it to be jerks and laugh amongst themselves as they rile up internet forums. Proper term for this is trolling. If they had some greater motive behind their attacks, they would actually make it known. As it is, they simply attack whoever is vulnerable at any given moment, or whichever community they feel will give them the spotlight.
Nothing better to do, sad really, sure fight for a cause and all that but attack and effect all the fellow gamers... Weak! Get a grip and get a life.
Because they are a******* that like to s*** on everything.
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