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Members of infamous hacking group Lizard Squad reportedly arrested

Published: 15/Nov/2019 22:41 Updated: 15/Nov/2019 23:51

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.

Call of Duty

Black Ops Cold War Zombies: New Firebase Z details, Tombstone Soda, Scorestreaks

Published: 15/Jan/2021 21:29 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 21:30

by Tanner Pierce

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In celebration of 115 day (which is a reference to Element 115 from Zombies lore), Treyarch have revealed some of the first major details about the upcoming Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, Firebase Z.

During the Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch announced that a new Zombies map, titled Firebase Z, would be coming before the end of the season and confirmed that more details would be coming on 115 day.

Now, that day is here and it’s safe to say that Treyarch have delivered, at least for the time being, confirming exactly how the map connects to the mode’s overall narrative and revealing some new items that players will be able to use while grinding their way through it.

Black Ops Cold War Firebase Z story

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Firebase Z will take place in Vietnam and feature new enemies.

According to Treyarch, Firebase Z takes place in a facility called Outpost 25, which is located in the jungles of Vietnam. Set after the events of the first map, Die Maschine, Samantha Maxis has been captured by Omega Group and it’s up to the Requiem team to go and save her, which brings them to Outpost 25.

The developers also confirmed that the map will feature some brand-new enemies and gameplay mechanics, but they failed to go into detail about what exactly they will be. Could we be seeing a new boss zombie similar to the Megaton from Die Maschine? Fans will have to just wait and see.

New Zombies perk and scorestreaks

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Tombstone Soda is returning in Black Ops Cold War and it’ll operate a bit differently than it has in the past.

In addition to the narrative details, Treyarch also confirmed some of the new items coming to the game. The first, which was teased a few weeks back, is the Tombstone Soda perk.

For Black Ops Cold War, the aforementioned perk, which originated in Black Ops II, will feature some novel abilities.

While the player has the perk active, they will turn into a “shadow” if they’re downed. In this form, players can use weapons while they attempt to revive themselves. That being said, if you die while in shadow form, you’re done, presumably until the next round.

If you’re a fan of the original perk, however, that’s not a problem, as the tier-three upgrade for the Black Ops Cold War version allows you to drop a small stash, which includes all of your original items, when you die, which is almost identical to how the BO2 version worked.

Beyond that, the developers also confirmed that two new scorestreaks will be coming to the game: the Artillery and Napalm Strike. Each one can be crafted from the Crafting Table, although it’s unknown whether or not they’ll be available on just Firebase Z or if Die Maschine is also getting some love.

All in all, it seems like Firebase Z is going to bring a ton of cool features when it launches on February 4, 2021, which is sure to liven up the overall Zombies experience in Black Ops Cold War.