FBI shuts down 15 DDoS-for-hire sites2018-12-21 16:46 by Daniela
Tags: DDoS, FBI
The FBI has taken action against domains that reportedly helped take down other people's websites, game servers and other online services through distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
On Thursday, federal authorities seized 15 different "booter" websites and charged three individuals with crimes. Booter sites, also known as "stresser" services allow individuals without any hacking experience to execute distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks for a fee.
The domain seizures come days before the Christmas holiday, a period of the year when hacker groups have historically targeted gaming providers with DDoS attacks.
"These services offered easy access to attack infrastructure, payment options that included Bitcoin, and were relatively low cost," reads a press release issued by the FBI. "Each of the services was tested by the FBI, which verified those DDoS attack services offered through each of the seized websites. While testing the various services, the FBI determined that these types of services can and have caused disruptions of networks at all levels."
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