Gaming

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

Dr Disrespect reveals his main complaint about Black Ops Cold War

Published: 1/Dec/2020 18:29

by Tanner Pierce

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During a recent livestream, Dr Disrespect called out Treyarch for the lack of multiplayer maps in Black Ops Cold War, stating that the game should’ve had 15 maps at minimum at launch.

When Black Ops Cold War first launched, many fans were taken aback by the fact that the game only had 8 multiplayer maps available to players.

Six of them were available in one way, shape, or form during the beta, meaning fans only had two brand new ones to experience for the first time, which annoyed the community, to say the least.

Since then, it’s become a hot talking point in the community and, while the developers did release Nuketown ’84 and plan to release new maps with the start of the first season, the general consensus seems to be that the content released is just simply not enough. Now, Dr Disrespect himself has also shared the same sentiment.

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Black Ops Cold War had eight maps at launch but is now up to nine thanks to the inclusion of Nuketown.

When discussing the game during a recent broadcast, the Two-Time made it clear that he’s a big fan of BOCW’s multiplayer, except for one thing – the number of maps.

“I’m having a good time, Cold War – I like it a lot, the multiplayer,” he said. “Just don’t give me two maps, cmon [David] Vonderhaar. Put 15 in the game, minimum!”

The bit about “two maps” is referring to that fact that the only maps not previously released in the alpha or the beta were Garrison and Checkpoint, which means that there were essentially only two ‘new’ ones reserved for launch.

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Afterwards, he says he has a “bag full” of prototypes, referring to map ideas, although he’s definitely joking.

That said, the Doc does have extensive experience designing maps for shooter games, having worked on Advanced Warfare with Sledgehammer Games before releasing ‘The Arena’ in Rogue Company last month.

He may certainly get his wish for “15 maps” soon, as Treyarch have promised a lot of post-launch content in BOCW, starting off with Season 1 on December 10, which is set to introduce several 6v6 maps, along with a flurry of other new things for players to enjoy.