A 17-year-old Lizard Squad member received a two-year suspended sentence from a Finland court on Tuesday despite being convicted of a whopping 50,700 charges. The charges, according to Finnish news outlet Kaleva, correspond with a lot of known Lizard Squad hacking activity, including online harassment, financial fraud, money laundering, and exposing company secrets.
That report didn’t identify the hacker by name, but another report on the same trial included the pseudonym “Ryan” and mentioned ties to Lizard Squad. That information lines up with reports from cybersecurity analyst Brian Krebs, who claims the person in question is Julius “Zeekill” Kivimäki. According to that prior trial report, prosecutors sought up to three years of jail time and a fine of 6,600 Euros for the teen defendant, and they noted that his attacks included targets like Harvard University.
Instead, the teen has received a sentence comparable to American probation. There is no jail time nor restrictions on where he might go, and the defendant will be required to have his online activity monitored—as opposed to receiving an outright ban on online services. (Reports have not clarified whether the apparently light sentence was due to the defendant’s age.) What’s more, this may not have been the teen’s first arrest over computer-related crimes; Krebs’ report alleges that he was also arrested in October 2013 over running a botnet.
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