Daybreak Games (formerly Sony Online Entertainment) has been hit by a DDoS attack that brought down its game PlanetSide 2 and also hit H1Z1, in what appears to be a direct response to comments by CEO John Smedley about Finnish hacker Julius Kivimaki.
Smedley had been targeted by hacker group Lizard Squad and his plane was grounded after a bomb threat last August for which they claimed responsibility. The 17-year-old Lizard Squad member Julius ‘zeekill' Kivimaki was subsequently given a two-year suspended sentence. Lizard Squad was also responsible for taking down Xbox Live and PlayStation Network last Christmas.
In a series of tweets Smedley made his views clear and threatened to sue Kivimaki and his parents saying: “That was the piece of garbage that brought my plane down, leaked my information and did all kinds of other crap to me.... He's also participated in a major way in DDOS attacks that caused a lot of grief for gamers and a lot of economic damage to the companies that make and run games. .......I may go after his parents in Civil court too. Little dirtbag...His parents need to be held accountable for his actions in addition to his going to jail.
"@what_security - So I'm coming for you Julius....” he tweeted. The attack is presumed to be a response to this threat.
Commenting to press, Smedley adds: “What he just got convicted of were over 50,000 separate incidents of hacking and other nastiness,” telling Reddit, “ “I'm extremely angry that the Finnish justice system chose to let Julius Kivimaki off with a two year suspended sentence.”
Ars Technica notes that, “According to Finnish law, the teen could not be extradited to face prosecution in America for any computer-related crimes he committed against American people or companies”. And in chat on Reddit about the leniency of the sentence, the consensus seemed summed up by the view ofScionoicS who commented: “Kids that live in USA who swat people have been given multiple year jail sentences in adult prison, precisely for this reason. If they're intelligent enough to do these actions, they're intelligent enough to know better.”
Service was resumed but then when down again with Smedley commenting on to games players: "And sorry to say more DDOS. I apologise for the issues we are having. I have to own pissing them off and I'm sorry."