Police primarily interested in suspect PayPal activity but also searching for links to DDoS attacks.
While the FBI has confirmed that it is investigating Lizard Squad following the group’s PlayStation Network and Xbox Live DDoS attacks over Christmas, the first arrest has been made by British police.
The South East Regional Organized Crime Unit (SEROCU) in the UK announced the arrest of a member of cyberattack group Lizard Squad in a press release.
The English law-enforcement agency has placed 22-year-old Vinnie Omari in custody, and according to documents obtained by journalist Brian Kerbs, Omari identified as a member of Lizard Squad. The warrent issued to Omari made clear that the police were primarily concerned about suspicious activity related to stolen PayPal accounts which occured well before the PSN and XBL attacks.
“The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit has arrested a 22-year-old man from Twickenham on suspicion of fraud by false representation and Computer Misuse Act offences,” the press release reads. “The arrest yesterday is in connection with an ongoing investigation in to cyber fraud offences which took place between 2013 and August 2014 during which victims reported funds being stolen from their PayPal accounts.”
In an email to The Daily Dot, Omari said police were looking for anything to connect him to the DDoS strikes, and confiscated his laptops, Xbox One, phone, and USB memory drives.