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Xbox Live And PSN Lizard Squad Hacker Convicted

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Julius “zeekill” Kivimaki Lizard Squad hacker convicted

Lizard Squad, the hacker group responsible for a truckload of shenanigans over the past couple of years, has had a key member convicted in Finland. 17-year-old Julius “zeekill” Kivimaki has been convicted of 50,700 cyber crimes in relation to Lizard Squard hacks. Kivimaki claimed responsibility for the attacks that brought both Xbox Live and the Playstation Network offline last year.

His punishment will be a 2-year suspended prison sentence. He has also been ordered to speak out against cyber-crime to discourage other young people from taking up the cyber-thug life.

Lizard Squad is an infamous hacking group whose attacks increased greatly over the last couple of years. They were responsible for the distributed denial of service (DDos) attacks that brought both Xbox Live and Playstation Network offline over Christmas last year, preventing children from playing the games they got as gifts. They also reportedly attacked the online anonymity service Tor.

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Lizard Squad’s attacks on Xbox Live and PSN sparked a month-long virtual gang war with another hacker group, the Finest Squad. After Lizard Squad announced its plans to take down the gaming networks for Christmas in early December, the Finest Squad announced it would stop them. The two groups spent the month in virtual combat through Doxxing, hacking each other’s websites and Twitter accounts, and even swatting each other. The Finest Squad also began releasing the names of people it claimed to be members of the Lizard Squad.

As well as the Christmas attacks, Lizard Squad also claimed responsibility for hacks in September 2014 on various game servers, such as Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Destiny. They also tweeted a bomb threat that forced the head of Sony Online Entertainment, John Smedley, to have his flight diverted.

The Lizard Squad described their motivation as “chaos is entertainment.”

The Daily Dot reports that one of Kivimaki’s US victims, Blair Strater, is “absolutely disgusted” by the ruling, which he felt was too light. Strater was a victim of swatting, which reportedly involved Kivimaki calling in a fake threat to US authorities, resulting in a SWAT team arriving at Strater’s home. Strater claims Kivimaki had been harassing his family for three years by stealing their identities and messing with their finances. Strater wants US authorities to step in.

Rhiannon likes video games and she likes writing, so she decided to combine them. As well as writing about video games, she also belts out the occasional science fiction or fantasy story, edits videos, and eats strawberry oreos. In that order.

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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You can now preorder the official Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree strategy guide

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There will soon be a new book in Future Press’s Books of Knowledge series, which is FromSoftware’s officially licensed line of hardcover strategy guides. This will help players who are having trouble with Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree expansion. The base game came with two books, and now you can get the unholy trinity for $45 (or the equivalent amount in your currency). It will ship on September 30th.

Like the first two games, The Lands Between and Shards of Shattering, Shadow of the Erdtree is both a complete guide to how to play and a beautiful artbook with full-page pictures of enemies, landscapes, and weapons. This big book has 352 pages and is likely to sell out quickly, based on how quickly the ones that came before it did.

Do you know a lot about strategy guides? You could read the first two Books of Knowledge. If so, what did you think of them? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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