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A man who claims to be part of the so-called "Lizard Squad" group that ran an attack that [brought both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network to their knees on Christmas Day has been arrested by English authorities. The person in question is 22-year-old Vinnie Omari; he was brought in by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit in England.

The police noted in a press release that Omari (who is not actually named in the press release, but confirmed to The Daily Dot that police had taken a number of electronic devices from his home) was arrested on charges defrauding PayPal users:

"The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) has arrested a 22-year-old man from Twickenham on suspicion of fraud by false representation and Computer Misuse Act offences.

The arrest yesterday (30/12) 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."

Additionally the FBI is investigating a Lizard Squad member living in Finland for his role in the attack. Xbox Live and PlayStation Network were taken down by Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that overwhelm the servers with huge amounts of bogus traffic, making it incredibly difficult for legitimate users to access. It's not a "hacking" attack like the infiltration of Sony's systems that saw huge numbers of files, emails, and other data dumped onto the public internet; a DDoS attack is more along the lines of creating an enormous digital traffic jam. Either way, it just goes to show, kids: crime doesn't pay, even if it's just for cheap laughs.

Source: The Daily Dot, Thames Valley Police; Via: Polygon