A member of the infamous Lizard Squad and PoodleCorp hacking groups pleaded guilty this week to charges of running a DDoS-for-hire platform that he and others used to launch DDoS attacks on targets across the globe.
Zachary Buchta, 20, of Fallston, Maryland pleaded guilty in a case he was charged last year, together with a Dutch national named Bradley van Willem Van Rooy, 20, of Leiden, the Netherlands.
US authorities identified the two as members of the Lizard Squad and PoodleCorp hacking crews. Buchta operated under nicknames such as “@fbiarelosers,” “pein,” “xotehpoodle,” and “lizard,” while van Rooy used monikers such as “Uchiha,” “UchihaLS,” “dragon,” and “fox.”
Buchta was a member of both Lizard Squad and PoodleCorp
According to a plea agreement obtained by Bleeping Computer, Buchta admitted to operating the shenron.lizardsquad.org, lizardsquad.org, stresser.poodlecorp.org, and poodlecorp.org websites, where he advertised DDoS-for-hire services.
While other users had utilized these DDoS-for-hire platforms to carry out their own DDoS attacks, Buchta was famous because of the attacks he carried out himself, while part of the Lizard Squad DDoS crew.
He often launched DDoS attacks on gaming services, with the most famous being the now notorious DDoS attacks on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live during Christmas 2014.
Security breach led to Buchta’s arrest
The Lizard Squad service was built on the LizardStresser malware. This malware later leaked online and contributed to a jump in DDoS-for-hire services. In June 2016, Arbor Networks said it discovered over 100 DDoS botnets built on variations of…