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 toFinnish 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.
According to Finnish law, the teen could not be extradited to face prosecution in America for any computer-related crimes he committed against American people or companies in spite ofspeaking on SkyNews in late December and taking responsibility for attacks on gaming services like Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. “I can’t really feel bad,” the teen said when asked about whether he felt guilty for disrupting those services.
An apparent official Twitter feed for remaining Lizard Squad members posted defiant responses to the sentencing on Tuesday, saying that the group’s members have “free passes” to hack around the world and that “you can’t arrest a lizard, don’t they know that?” A report by the Daily Dot included a statement from an alleged victim of the teen, American Brian Strater, who claimed in April that the Finnish teen had swatted him and conducted other campaigns of harassment, including a hack on Tesla Motors’ official social media feeds that included Strater’s phone number. (MSNBC received a response from someone claiming to be Kivimäki who denied any involvement with the Tesla hack.)
“I’ve lost complete faith in the justice system, and that includes the FBI,” Strater told the Daily Dot. “He’s harmed American targets and the FBI should have stepped in by now.”