MMO Week in Review: Daybreak’s defiance (July 12, 2015)

    
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Following the arguably mild sentencing of Lizard Squad hacker Julius Kivimaki in Finland this week, Daybreak Game Company President John Smedley lashed out on Twitter and Reddit, discussing openly the ongoing harassment he’s been suffering since last year, when Kivimaki allegedly called in a bomb threat that diverted Smedley’s plane. (Kivimaki has not yet been convicted of that crime, however, and awaits trial for that and many other charges.) Apparently, Smedley’s defiance was taken as a dare by Lizard Squad, whose members claimed responsibility for persistent DDoS attacks on Daybreak’s multiple MMOs and services that lasted for several days over the past week. Lizard Squad has ramped up its assault on the company, using Twitter to threaten and doxx other Daybreak employees and offer a horrifying $5000 reward for the desecration of Smed’s father’s tombstone.

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AaronTallman
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AaronTallman

kericstiq It’s literally only to hurt someone. There’s nothing funny about it whatsoever. It’s pretty dark times.

AaronTallman
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AaronTallman

The bounty for the desecration of his father’s tombstone is some sick shit. You always wonder why people get murdered, then something like that happens. I don’t agree with it, but I can’t say I wouldn’t understand.

AaronTallman
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AaronTallman

DahkohtLewin Yeah, his humanity showed. Amazing that some people possess it behind their usernames.

SteinarB
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SteinarB

I wish I could say this made me lose faith in humanity, but I work in customer service so that happened a long time ago already.  What I can say is that this sort of behaviour needs to be slapped down _hard_.  This is not funny.  This is not harmless.  This is not something which should be dismissed with an offhanded “they’re just kids, they don’t know better”.  The only thing that will teach anyone is that you can get away with shit like this despite getting caught.  I honestly don’t care if coming down hard on this kind of crime will ruin the lives of some of these young people, because an example needs to be made, and they chose to act like little bastards of their own free will.

Foxy Black
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Foxy Black

Let the war begin.

The fact that such kids can do it means hacking, really, isn’t that hard to learn. A 101 course should teach the basics. Not a lot of people bother to learn it because not a lot of us see values in doing so. But recent events will no doubt make a lot of us re-think our approach to it — we need it as a defensive tool against those who abuse it.

But if half the population have learned hacking in order to defend themselves by at least threaten retaliation to attackers, I doubt any government would be happy about it. This is why it puzzles me why the governments have not taken up these issues more aggressively. I’d think that the Nordic nations are amongst the most likely to have thorough systems regulating even these areas, and perhaps I am right — But the US government’s negligence really means there’s no consequences for Finland to allow its own citizens to perform attacks on other nations. Had the US taken these things more seriously, defending its own online territory, Finland would probably have re-worked its laws to also cover international disputes.

I’m very disappointed that western governments have not even tried to patch up this grey area that is internet, essentially leaving netizens to fend for themselves. When there’s no “bad guys” and everyone’s just doing fine, yeah it sounds great, freedom and all. But when there ARE those trolls lurking around causing people serious troubles, people are not protected at all, they’re easy preys. Sure, we’ll have counter-forces emerging, people who do not like what these trolls do will form their own attacks against the attackers, it becomes a power struggle, eventually things will settle — But there will be an order in there, there will be communities, there will be community-set rules. The governments WILL be involved at one point, they need to. But if they keep delaying and delaying looking at these issues, they’d have to “barging into the door when it becomes too obvious”, which is itself going to cause chaos again.

In comparison, we complain about China having the great fire wall and all those censoring — but it demonstrates how much its government care about online territory, both for national interest as well as the welfare of its citizens. Imagine if trolls target Chinese companies/known personals AND proudly announcing it — aside from millions of “freelancers” ready to take them down for justice, you’d have the government swiftly going in, it will most certainly not tolerate trolls sitting outside of its border harassing its own netizens and companies for no reason at all.

The fact that most of the comments regarding this news says “the victim’s dumb and should change his way” (which I don’t disagree with, I mean, you don’t poke the snake) means that all of us here basically have given up trying to fight it, even as it escalates into larger and larger scopes. If they can divert planes and put people’s lives on risks for malicious or childish reasons and NOT get a sentence, the line has already blurred and we’re already at risk. Indeed, now we rely on equally as elusive other groups to fight for us, and we’re just sitting in the dark like helpless lambs. If it is indeed the case that we’d now rely on elusive groups for our policing, then I think the least that the government can do is give limited recognition to those groups, providing links and hold some general understanding with them, such that your average netizens can at least have an avenue to seek help from.

Valcan321
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Valcan321

Sorenthaz Begun the hack wars have.

SoMuchMass
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SoMuchMass

DahkohtLewin He just got emotional and posted this thoughts on social media.  That is one of the negatives of social media, people post things sometimes without thinking.  If he waited a couple of hours to cooldown and think he probably wouldn’t have posted it.  He should have been smart enough to realize that even him raging at the fact that guy didn’t get a fair sentence, gives those guys a high.

DahkohtLewin
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DahkohtLewin

He gave them attention publicly and they now know how easy it is to get him to rant like a teen on Twitter.
They won.
You’d think a CEO would know better , nothing good was going to come of throwing a fit on Twitter against a group lie, that.
While I don’t condone their actions , Smedley once again proves to me why I don’t think he’s very bright.

CastagereShaikura
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CastagereShaikura

wolfyseyes What do expect from a bunch of low life’s like this Lizard Squad. I freaking hate hackers and they all should go to jail if someone does this sick act. What really sickens me is they have talent and waste time doing crap like harassing gamer’s. A bunch of low life’s

Esoteric Coyote
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SirMysk Personally, I think they’d do it anyway.  They just like having an “excuse”.