Teenage Lizard Squad hacker found guilty of 50,700 charges

A 17-year-old member of the infamous Lizard Squad has been found guilty of 50,700 charges by a Finnish court, but won’t serve his sentence in a prison.

Among other things, Julius Kivimaki (also known online as “Zeekill” and “Ryan”) was accused of having been involved in data breaches, felony payment fraud, telecommunication harassment and other types of frauds and of violating company secrets.

He perpetrated all those while he was 15 and 16 years of age, which is likely why he received only a two-year suspended sentence, along with an order to “fight against cybercrime.”

Kivimaki’s face became known to the wider public after he, under one of his online handles, gave an on-camera interview to Sky News. This lead to his identification and, ultimately, to his arrest in October 2013.

The Lizard Squad rose to prominence when they performed massive DDoS attacks that resulted in the temporary shutdown of Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s Playstation Network. They also, for a while, offered their DDoS services for rent.

According to The Daily Dot, there is at least on person severely disappointed with the sentence: US citizen and alleged “whitehat hacker” Blair Strater.

He and his family have been targeted by Kivimaki for three years straight. He stole their identities, had their cable and power disconnected repeatedly, ordered pizza deliveries in their name, used their phone numbers as the contact point for widespread scam offers, and even managed to get the police to visit them repeatedly (once with the false claim that Strater’s mother had been killed).

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