View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
  2. Cybersecurity
December 3, 2014

Lizard Squad hackers snag Machinima domain

Gaming website defaced with group's logo, while it boasts on Twitter boasts of management .

By Jimmy Nicholls

The hacking group Lizard Squad has attacked the gaming site Machinima, defacing the front page and apparently taking control of the domain name.

Visitors to the site are now presented with an text art image of the Lizard Squad’s reptilian logo, with credit for the hack attributed to Criminal, Jordie, Pain and Plague.

Writing on Twitter, Lizard Squad said: "Machinima goons’ challenge was accepted. https://machinima.com now under new management. Thanks. Now, do something."

WHOIS records for the domain name still listed the registrant as Machinima Inc, but the admin and tech contacts had been altered to Lizard Squad, alongside an email address from their Russian based site belonging to the group.

A few hours earlier the group had claimed one of its "lizards" had been released from prison, adding a mock apology to the "Internet Police".

Lizard Squad has been resurgent in the past week, having claimed responsibility for attacks on mobile news website and GSMArena and the Xbox Live gaming network.

Earlier this year it the group was about to disband, having spent the summer targeting PlayStation, online role-playing game Runescape and the streaming platform Twitch, as well as a rare non-gaming hit against the Vatican.

Content from our partners
Rethinking cloud: challenging assumptions, learning lessons
DTX Manchester welcomes leading tech talent from across the region and beyond
The hidden complexities of deploying AI in your business

Yet now the group appears to be planning a large attack around Christmas, having posted messages to that effect on Twitter.

Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.
THANK YOU