A group calling itself The Lizard Squad executed a dedicated denial of service attack - a type of cyber attack that involves taking over a swarm of computers and using them to send requests to a single server or group of servers, overwhelming it - on Sony's Playstation Network this weekend. This very real story came to us by way of Deadline. In a tweet, the lizard terrorists said they disrupted the service of the Japanese video game company in response to American bombing of ISIS operatives in Iraq:
It is unknown whether The Lizard Squad belong to the same race of lizard people as former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld or the Cobra Commander, but, despite their seemingly trollish behavior, authorities appear to be taking them very seriously.
LIZARDSQUAD ON YA FOREHEAD— Lizard Squad (@LizardSquad) August 25, 2014
After a threat from the group implied that an American Airlines flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley was rigged with explosives, the flight was diverted to Phoenix and searched for bombs.
Yes. My plane was diverted. Not going to discuss more than that. Justice will find these guys.— John Smedley (@j_smedley) August 24, 2014
The Squad then focused its attention on two more targets:
How's Xbox Live doing?— Lizard Squad (@LizardSquad) August 25, 2014
A scroll through Lizard Squad's tweet history, active for the past two weeks, shows a history of claims of attacking servers for massively multiplayer online video games such as League of Legends and World of Warcraft combined with regular internet trolling, such as mocking the Ice Bucket Challenge. There is no official statement from authorities about the group so far.
Asked for comment on the activities of Lizard Squad being committed supposedly in the name of his religion, Islam founder the prophet Muhammad reportedly said:
The Outhouse will keep you updated, unless, of course, they DDOS us too (don't do that).