The U.K.’s National Crime Agency (NCA) arrested six teenagers for allegedly using a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) tool to disable websites. DDoS attacks flood servers or websites with massive amounts of data, making them inaccessible to users. The NCA coordinated the investigation, Operation Vivarium, with assistance from officers from various police forces.
The suspects deployed Lizard Stresser, which they purchased using alternative payment services such as bitcoin to remain anonymous. The suspects targeted a leading national newspaper, a school, gaming companies and some online retailers.
Victims: Amazon, Microsoft and Sony
The companies hacked included Amazon.com Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Sony Corp., Bloomberg reported. The NCA did not name the targeted websites, but an online database identified Amazon, Microsoft and Sony as targets. The agency did not say whether the attacks were successful. Sony and Amazon did not immediately respond to Bloomberg seeking comment while Microsoft declined to comment.
“By paying a comparatively small fee, tools like Lizard Stresser can cripple businesses financially and deprive people of access to important information and public services,” said Tony Adams, head of investigations at the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit.