Over the Christmas holidays both PlayStation Network and Xbox LIVE were hit by outages, with the source eventually being discovered to be a DDoS attack on the services. A group called Lizard Squad took credit for bringing the services down, stopping people from enjoying some online gaming. The actions of the group prompted law enforcement to get involved, including the UK police, Finnish authorities, and the FBI.
Now one of the members of Lizard Squad, Julius Kivimaki, has faced trial in Finland. He was charged on 50,000 offences including online harassment, fraud, and data breaches. The judge handed down a two year suspended sentence, meaning Julius avoids jail time for now. If he breaks further laws or any agreements made with the courts then he will serve those two years in prison plus any time associated to other crimes he may break.
Correction: Contrary to previous reports, Kivimaki has not been convicted of the PSN and Xbox attacks. He was prosecuted for hacking MIT, Harvard University, creating botnets and using stolen credit cards. The article above has been amended to reflect this.
UPDATE: John Smedley, CEO of Daybreak Game Company (formerly Sony Online Entertainment) was one of the victims of Kivimaki. He grounded Smedley’s plane from Dallas to San Diego last August by calling in a bomb threat.
John seems unhappy with the sentence and let everyone know on Twitter. “It’s important to note – [Kivimaki] was convicted of crimes that had nothing to do YET with the PSN DDOS over Christmas (yes he was part of that),” he tweeted.
“That was the piece of garbage that brought my plane down, leaked my information and did all kinds of other crap to me,” he added.
Smedley went on to say that there another 15 criminal convictions against Kivimaki that have yet to make it to court and then threatened separate legal action against Kivimaki’s parents.
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.
— John Smedley (@j_smedley) July 8, 2015