UK Police Arrest Alleged PSN/XBL Attacker [Updates]

22-year-old with reported ties to Lizard Squad arrested, but police spokesperson says the charges are not in relation to PSN or Xbox Live network hacks.

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Update 2: Thames Valley Police has clarified that Vinnie Omari's arrest was not specifically related to the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live outages that took place over the holiday period.

A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police told GameSpot that Omari was arrested late in December in connection with funds stolen from the online money transfer platform PayPal--crimes that are alleged to have taken place during the summer months of 2014.

Law enforcement officials around the world are investigating who was responsible for the DDoS attacks that brought down both Microsoft and Sony's online networks during Christmas, but Thames Valley officials say they have no information on this specific incident.

Lizard Squad, the name for an online collective of hackers, is thought to be responsible for the PSN and Xbox Live outages, but this has not been proven.

With regards to the alleged PayPal thefts, Omari has denied the charges put against him. He claims he is a spokesman for Lizard Squad, but was not responsible for the PayPal hacks.

Update 1: Finnish site Yle reports that a second person linked to the Xbox Live and PlayStation Network outages, a 17-year-old going by "Ryan," has been brought in for questioning by Finland's National Bureau of Investigation. He has not been arrested, however, according to the report.

The original story is below.

A person linked to the Christmas Day Xbox Live and PlayStation Network outages has been arrested by British police, according to a new report. The Daily Dot has obtained the copy of search warrant for 22-year-old Vinnie Omari, who was supposedly booked Monday before posting bail.

"They took everything," Omari told the Daily Dot. "Xbox One, phones, laptops, computer USBs, etc."

A press release from The Thames Valley Police shows that a 22-year-old male from Twickenham was arrested December 30 "on suspicion of fraud by false representation and Computer Misuse Act offenses." He's due in court in March 2015.

Lizard Squad took responsibility for the Christmas Day DDoS attacks against Xbox Live and PlayStation Network that led to the major interruption of both online networks. Xbox Live returned to normal operation in about a day, while the PlayStation Network was largely unavailable for around three days.

Omari told the Daily Dot that no actual charges have been filed, only alleged charges.

In addition to Omari, another person with ties to Lizard Squad, someone going by "Ryan," is reportedly being investigated by the FBI in connection to the gaming network outages.

Further details are not available at this time, due in part to the New Year holiday. GameSpot will continue to track this story as new details become available.

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There "message" is as valid as the message Islam extremists wanted to convey in Paris....degenerate pricks

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Burn them at the stake

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Too bad the death penalty isnt on the table.

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My guess is that they grill this guy like a Texas barbecue and start getting other members of the Squad.

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Do these guys have anything better to do than just sit on their computers all day and flood servers bunch of degenerates.

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Nope. They're just like any online griefer who only get enjoyment out of irritating others. You'd think being tech fanatics and PC junkies, that these guys would be sympathetic to gamers.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Well they were. Steam, Origin, Uplay, all unaffected. My thoughts were there was some master racism in there.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> wrong, They ddosed blizzard, runescape, LoL ect. they were active before this Christmas day attack. Also attacked websites, but if you have an agenda to fuel, go ahead.

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stop arresting ma bruddas, mon.

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Yet when you read on CNN, "N. Korea responsible". Sometimes, you just have to hate the internet.


PS- Gamespot, please just stop reposing Lizardsquad's tweets and whatever, you're only helping THEM, not us.

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While these hackers are idiots and there is no need for what they do how quickly xbox recovered and how slowly playstation recovered should show people where the competence is.

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Lizard Squad......WHY OF ALL DAYS DID YOU HAVE TO STRIKE ON CHRISTMAS?!

You just don't do that! Why?! What was the reason for your attacks on Christmas of all days? And not, say, New Year's? Or Easter? You had to pick what would potentially be the busiest day in regards to game server traffic.

Well done. Congratulations. C'est magnifique! Asshats...

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Any other day is ok but since it affected you on Christmas it wasn't?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It's the same thing as Santa just deciding not to bring you gifts on Christmas day just to piss you off, no other purpose.

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I hate malicious hackers. I hope they all get what they deserve.Check out my ustream and twitch accounts. I'll be on tonight rocking Lord's of the fallen.

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herp derp U cant arrest me hue hue hue


: /


*5 minutes later*


*FBI bust through window*


me:HOW DID U FIND ME ....


FBI:eh we traced ur cant arrest me comment thingy....yahhhhh

me:ohhhhhh well that escalated quickly....

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Jail time needed. Message needs to be sent to these hackers that they can be found and prosecuted for their crimes.

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Is anyone's screen going blank

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"He claims he is a spokesman for Lizard Squad"

Since when do hacker collectives have "spokesmen"?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Probably either script kiddies or tea boys.

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Police, please electrocute in the chair all these Lizard Bastards after you get them, thanks.

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"He was arrested in his mother's basement with much squealing but otherwise without incident."

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"The room was cluttered with piss bottles and hot pocket boxes"

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> piss bottles? Mountain Dew? Sounds right, most disgusting soda ever (and same goes for Doritos, most disgusting junk food ever).


But hey I like hot pockets sometimes.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Piss bottles takes it a little too far :).

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> more like piss jugs

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Lizard Squad (a name that sounds like 5th graders came up with it) isn't like some terrorist hidden in some remote cave in Pakistan. These guys are using traceable equipment and live near in or near a major city...probably in a back room of their parents home. It's a matter of time before they're caught. Hopefully the police release a video of these fools sobbing as they break under interrogation

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Well it might be a matter of time, but I read (don't know for sure) that DDOS attack is an easy method of internet activity It might be that although the law enforcement will arrest some people, others will take their place.

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There is no such thing as the perfect crime. These guys are human. When you pair that up with hubris and over confidence...you make mistakes and get caught.

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"Some call ME!!!!........Ryan...." Lamest alias ever.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> prophet is much better....
"They call me... Prophet"

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No where near as cool as those that are called........Tim.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> This guy gets it.

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So the headline is completely unfounded, i guess. Standard police tactics. Grab some kids, scare them into giving up information and see where the trail leads. Im sure if Lizard Squad wasnt the focus of a task force of some type, it is now. Expect things to get quiet for a while and then a lot of heads rolling. I hope they fry. What kind of outfit hacks gaming networks and considers it a big win. Yeah, keeping a few hundred thousand teenagers from playing Call of Duty for a few days will change the world.


If inconveniencing gamers on Christmas is your big statement, you are doing it wrong.


I have zero problem with people attempting to make positive change in whatever way they are best suited.....this wasnt it.

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Wow, what a "man". He is like 110 pounds. I would beat the sh|t out that nerd.

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For all the legal experts that think all members of an organization are charged for crimes they had no involvement in, I told you so. This guy isn't getting charged for the PSN/XBL outage or the threats unless they have evidence to charge him for it(or some other related crime)...


That said I imagine the charges for this will be far harsher than the ones for the PSN/XBL DDoS attack.

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These kids are obviously smart and could be using this gift to work for big companies in their IT department but yet they do this. They deserve to be punished. Also i bet you these kids are actually good kids with no record but want to act all tough on the computer world because they have no gf.

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