Daybreak Game Company, the studio formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment, suffered a series of DDoS attacks yesterday. The attacks came shortly after their CEO, John Smedley, made a series of angry and threatening Tweets directed towards Lizard Squad and Julius "zeekill" Kivimaki following news of Kivimaki's punishment from Finnish courts. Smedley, understandably, found the punishment to be far too lenient for what Kivimaki and his associates did.

It's easy to remember that Lizard Squad is the group that claimed responsibility for bringing down Xbox Live and PlayStation Network last year. They also brought down Smedley's plane after they made a false bomb threat. However, it goes a bit deeper than that. Smedley made a post on Reddit yesterday that gives a clearer picture of the kind of attacks he's had to endure from members of Lizard Squad.
I normally don't weigh in on subjects relating to me personally, but I will this time.

I'm extremely angry that the Finnish justice system chose to let Julius Kivimaki off with a 2 year suspended sentence. This guy is the worst kind of bad news.
He's been involved for years in every kind of terrible thing you can imagine including Carding, hacking, swatting people all over the world. 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.

He was the guy that brought down my flight with a bomb threat. I've heard the entire recording where he convinced an airline customer service agent there was a bomb on the plane. He also in conjunction with others has sent me pictures of my father's grave with nasty stuff on it. I've had my entire credit history put out on the internet including my SSN and my families info. We've had multiple social networks and other things hacked and had my family members called.

I've also been swatted (multiple times) and had over 50 false credit applications submitted in my name and had to deal with the ramifications of what happens to your credit when this kind of thing happens. It's not good. And to top it all off they decided to submit false tax returns.

So to put this bluntly - I want this kind in jail for a long time. You shouldn't be able to do crap like this without any hint of a consequence. I plan on doing everything in my power to see him get what's coming to him in court one way or another. What he just got convicted of were over 50,000 separate incidents of hacking and other nastiness. This has nothing to do with the downing of the plane or the DDOS stuff he did or the things he did to me (not just me btw he did this to a lot of other people too). Those cases are still pending, but they have him dead to rights.

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. 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.


It was after this post and after his Tweets that the DDoS attacks on Daybreak's servers began.

Shortly after 2PM (PT) on July 9, a supposed Lizard Squad controlled Twitter account claimed to target the servers that H1Z1 are hosted on. Shortly after, reports started to trickle in from players saying they were having trouble connecting to that game. After that, other multiplayer games from Daybreak started to go offline or experience connectivity issues.

John Smedley once again took to Twitter to confirm that some issues were going on with the servers.

Right now, the servers seem to be back online. I wouldn't be surprised if this isn't the last we've heard about this.

(h/t Venturebeat)