Lizard Squad attacks National Crime Agency

Ben Parfitt
Lizard Squad attacks National Crime Agency

Hacking collective Lizard Squad has targeted the website of the UK's National Crime Agency in retaliation to a number of arrests made last week.

VentureBeat reports that the group has claimed credit for a DDoS attack that took down the NCA website for about an hour.

The action took place less than a week after the NCA arrested six teenagers accused of bringing Xbox Live and PSN to its knees last Christmas. The individuals were said to have purchased accessed to a tool named Lizard Stresser, which they used to perpetrate the DDoS attack.

Lizard Squad has claimed that the individuals involved were not directly affiliated to it.

DDoS is a blunt form of attack which takes volume and not skill,” the NCA said of the attack it endured. It isn't a security breach and it won't affect our operational capacity. At worst it is a temporary inconvenience to users of our website.”

Former SEO president John Smedley was recently involved in a very public altercation with a Lizard Squad member who was convicted of over 50,000 hacking charges. Smedly left the company not long after the incident.

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