During an ongoing investigation into the hacking group “Lizard Squad,” Chicago authorities charged two suspects for computer hacking. The suspects ran a “cyber-attack-for-hire” website that allowed attacks to be launched worldwide, federal authorities announced.
Both suspects, a 19-year-old from Maryland and a 19-year-old from the Netherlands, were arrested in September. Zachary Buchta of Maryland made an initial court appearance in early November. U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey T. Gilbert allowed Buchta to free on an unsecured bond with restriction to computer access.
Bradley Jan Willem Van Rooy of the Netherlands has not faced a judge or made a court appearance to this date. He remains in custody awaiting further notice from international authorities.
The investigation began after the DDoS attacks against Sony servers were initiated. Two computer hacking groups are tied to the PlayStation Network denial of service attacks: Lizard Squad and PoodleCorp. Both Van Rooy and Buchta were connected to Lizard Squad and PoodleCorp, law enforcement announced.
In addition to the denial of service attacks against the PlayStation Network, the suspects are linked to phonebomber.net and “Shenron.”
Phonebomber.net was a website that let customers pay for phone harassment directed towards select