“Lizard Squad” hackers now accepting freelance requests

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The hacking group that successfully took down the Playstation Network and Xbox Live over Christmas is now, rather ominously, offering its services to anyone who will pay.

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According to The Guardian, a Lizard Squad representative claimed the Xbox and PSN hack as a “huge marketing scheme” – and that the software it used to it, called “LizardStresser” can be pointed at any website you wish in exchange for a Bitcoin payment.

The way LizardStresser works is by creating a Distributed-Denial-of-Service (DDOS) attack, in which thousands of computers try simultaneously to connect to the target website or server, overwhelming it with connections. Apparently Lizard Squad will give you 8 hours of attacks for as little as $129.99 a month.

Obviously this is all highly dodgy – but it is interesting (or terrifying) to see just how entrepreneurial hackers can be.

James O’Malley