British Citizen Arrested In Connection To Christmas DDoS Attacks On PSN & Xbox Live

Over the Christmas period a group decided it would be a good idea to attack PSN & Xbox Live via  distributed denia of service, aka DDoS. This brought both networks down meaning players who wanted to access features like online play or console stores could not. A lot of people were mad at the people behind this action. Today an 18 year old from Southport near Liverpool was arrested in connection to these DDoS attacks, as well as for providing false information to the police and taking part in ‘swatting.’

Swatting is a term used to describe an action where someone calls US law enforcement, and tells them that someone is committing a major crime. The victims of swatting are usually people streaming online and are unaware of anything until a SWAT team bursts through their doors to neutralise the threat. This practice puts lives at risk and is also a waste of resources that could be used to stop actual crimes.


The operation to catch the people behind the DDoS attacks is being carried out by South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, and the North West Regional Crime Unit, and the FBI. It’s not yet clear whether the individual who was arrested has been formally charged just yet. He was arrested for the following crimes:

  • Unauthorized access to computer material contrary to Section 1 of Computer Misuse Act 1990.
  • Unauthorized access with intent to commit further offences contrary to Section 2 of Computer Misuse Act 1990.
  • Threats to kill contrary to Section 16 of Offenses Against the Person Act 1861.

Source: BBC/South East Regional Organised Crime Unit



  1. If guilty I hope they make an example of him. Especially on the last charge.

    • He does deserve to have his bottom smacked, that’s for sure…

  2. I hope someone invades his port, in prison, and leaves his hub in a bloody mess.

    Um, yes. That. :-P

  3. “Unauthorized access to computer material”

    Assuming others that downloaded and\or seeded content from the sony pictures hack will be getting visits and criminal records soon too.

    Time to wake up in the real world where actions have repercussions.

  4. Who’s laughing now?

  5. Knowing the soft as shite justice system this country adopts,he’s probably the one laughing!

  6. I like TSA because it tends to be more mature in it’s outlook, and subsequently the comments, than other sites. But wishing rape as a suitable punishment for a ddos attack? How is that even close to being acceptable for fucks sake.

    • Well, what can I say? Gamers like their games. He’s done more than DDOS’ing, and although rape seems very excessive, I’m sure the people who suffered from swatting would argue otherwise.

      Personally, I think a fine, some time in prison (not years, just enough to scare others from following in his footsteps) and a whole lot of community service would do. Make him give back to the community after taking something away.

    • A lot of people were wishing him a slow and painful death on christmas day so, to be fair, he’s getting off lightly here. A slow, painful death or a little bum love in prison… which would you choose? Of course, you could always not commit the crime in the first place. And plus, I dont actually think he was being serious.

    • i wouldn’t wish rape on him, and it’s kinda disturbing that that’s some people’s first response to this.

      but it’s not just the DDoS, that swatting shit can get people killed.

      i hope he does some time, and i hope it scares the shit out of him.

    • I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, just to be clear. My comments were purely for jest. :-) Apologies if it caused offence.

      However, I do hope he gets the maximum permissible sentence for such crimes and is an example to others who think it’s a bit of fun to fu** with other people’s lives so frivolously.

  7. I hope he rats out on all his “friends”. And that all his savefiles be deleted.

  8. Swatting is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard of. The stupidity that resides in some people is beyond belief!
    It would be good to see an example made of someone so things like this stop. Hang him, skin him and set fire to his bone.. Then rape the ashes.

  9. Is there anywhere we can keep updated on this? I want to see this idiot kids life brutally ripped apart. How dare he prevent me from playing in the snow on GTA Online.

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