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Members of infamous hacking group Lizard Squad reportedly arrested

by Albert Petrosyan
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Members of the notorious hacking group known as Lizard Squad claim that they've been arrested and taken into custody in the United Kingdom.

On November 15, the Twitter page @UGLegion that claims to be the official social media front for Lizard Squad put out two tweets indicating that at least one of their members had been arrested.

The first tweet featured an image of a police van outside of a property, and the post was captioned 'So long, friends, It's been a good run. You cannot arrest a lizard."

The second tweet confirmed that the situation, while also naming the perpetrator that would be representing as the head of their organization in court.

"We have hired some of the best lawyers in the world - Brett Jones and Gary Bloxsome. Also, Brian Krebs will be representing as Lizard Squad's leader if found guilty."

While nothing has been confirmed as of yet, all indications are that this arrest stems from Lizard Squad taking responsibility for the recent DDoS attacks and threats against the UK's Labour Party.

The group claimed that they were behind the "sophisticated and large scale" cyber-attack against the Labour Party that occurred earlier this week, taking place during the thick of an election campaign.

On top of that, the hackers also sent private messages to British news outlet The Independent, threatening to launch personal attacks against party leader Jeremy Corbyn and his family.

In fact, hours after tweeting out about the arrest, the UGLegion page posted a message directed straight at Corbyn, asking him about his bank account.

While their reach extends to all corners of the Internet, Lizard Squad have been especially ruthless when it comes to online gaming, messing with the servers of many popular games over for the years for seemingly no reason other than to remind everyone of their existence.

Most recently, they claimed responsibility for the November 13 server outage of the newly-released Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for being "a terrible game," and before that said they were responsible for the November 9 outage in Fortnite, as they were apparently "testing their botnet's strength."

Whether or not these arrests will change the course of their plans and actions remains to be seen, but many are hoping it'll mean Lizard Squad won't be as active during the Holiday season as they tend to be.

The group has made it a habit to cause issues with game and console servers around Christmastime, which is when a lot of people are online playing due to being off from school or work and having received new games and/or platforms as gifts.

That said, shutting down game servers is one thing, launching cyber attacks against a massive political party in one of the world's biggest countries is totally a different story, so only time will tell what the future lays in store for Lizard Squad.

As always, we will continue to bring you the latest on these arrests as more information becomes available.