Smedley isn’t backing down from tough talk about hackers

    
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Daybreak CEO John Smedley generated a lot of press yesterday with a series of angry tweets directed at Lizard Squad’s Julius Kivimaki. Today, Smedley opened up on Reddit and explained why he’s so upset that Kivimaki has apparently skated through the Finnish justice system with a two-year suspended sentence.

“He’s been involved for years in every kind of terrible thing you can imagine including carding, hacking, swatting people all over the world,” Smedley said. “He’s also participated in a major way in DDoS attacks that caused a lot of grief for gamers and a lot of economic damage to the companies that make and run games.” Smedley goes on to explain how he has personally been swatted multiple times and how he has had his entire credit history, social security number, and his family’s personal information leaked online.

“So you guys can debate this and that’s all well and good, but meanwhile this shit is real to my life and my family’s life and I’m sure as hell not lying down for it for a second,” Smedley explained. “I’ve been working with law enforcement to put him and others into jail where they belong. Some of them are minors which makes it tough. Most of them are outside the US, which makes it tougher. But I’m patient and I’m going to be relentless about this.”

Source: Reddit; thanks Kinya!
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syinide
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syinide

Elven_Seraph I know it’s kind of obvious what you mean in this context, but not all ‘hackers’ are of the criminal type.

BigMikeyOcho
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BigMikeyOcho

Denngar I remember 17. I remember that I wasn’t a raging asshat and knew right from wrong. I, also, am with Smed. Minor or not, these are adult felonies being committed, and I’d see no issue in him being tried as an adult.

BigMikeyOcho
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BigMikeyOcho

Elven_Seraph Heck, the banks, credit card companies, and their insurers might even fund it, with all the money they’d save from fraud. Might not even need tax dollars.

sleepyocelot
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sleepyocelot

Denngar

Stupid assumptions and projection. No, we weren’t all as stupid as you at 17. You associate with people who are similar to you, so you assume that it’s the norm. It’s not. It happens, but it’s not the norm. Garbage support statement.

Geijon
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Geijon

This guy should have spent years in prison. Period. Smedley is right. If you swat someone once it should be jail time.

Ekphrasis
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Ekphrasis

I empathise with Smedley and his family – and anyone else who has been the victim of swatting, DDOS-ing, abuse online etc. 

I think Smedley has every right to be angry and upset and it’s a good thing he’s working through the right channels to see appropriate punishment / deterrent handed down.

However, I think he really needs to pull his head in with his public statements. Lack of professionalism aside, he’s the CEO of a company that is now being targeted because of his comments/posts – and it’s Daybreak Games’ customers that are being impacted as collateral damage. They’re trolling him, he’s taking the bait, they troll harder etc. give bullies/trolls what they want (a reaction) and they’ll keep coming back for more…

paragonlostinspace
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paragonlostinspace

Denngar Because when I grew up I had to usually deal with people face to face, I didn’t go out my way to piss on everyone. The internet enables douchebaggery at a level that I find myself gobsmacked over quite often. Anonymity and a lack of consequences  has created a generation of self entitled brats.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

I’d love hacking to be categorized as terrorism. I’d love to see these pieces of crap go to GTMO for the rest of their lives. Maybe that is a little harsh.. okay federal prison for 20 years sounds good too.

TronSheridan
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TronSheridan

Denngar I was in the military at 17.  Some might call that stupid, but I wasn’t living in mom’s basement screwing with other people/companies.  So no, I wasn’t doing “stupid stuff.”

Ket_Viliano
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Ket_Viliano

wjowski Telos_  Swatting is attempted murder, so how many attempts do they get before we take it seriously?