Earlier this week, two 19-year old males were charged with “conspiring to cause damage to protected computers” following a series of cyber crimes that began with the infamous DDoS attacks on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live in 2014.
The news was announced in a press release (via Polygon) from the Department of Justice, revealing that Zachary Buchta and Bradley Jan Willem van Rooy were arrested in September, with Buchta being taken into custody in Maryland. Van Rooy remains in custody in the Netherlands.
Both hackers were involved with phonebomber.net, a website that allowed its customers to make harassing phone calls from a fake number. After that, these hackers were involved with housands denial-of-service attacks, which targeted various gaming, entertainment and media sphere companies.
The Federal court has also ordered to seize the four domains, shenron.lizardsquad.org, lizardsquad.org, stresser.poodlecorp.org, and poodlecorp.org, as the court believes that these domains are highly connected with the aforementioned criminal activities.
Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty and face a maximum 10-year sentence. For the full press release, click here.