Culprits arraigned for crime conduct; operate 15 DDoS-for-hire sites

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The US Federal Bureau of Investigation recently grasped 15 DDoS-for-hire websites. It is thought to be used by attackers for conducting cybercrimes. The law enforcement agency too charged three individuals, for providing DDoS services for a fee – in connection with the subjugation of the websites.

The domains that were caught hold of offered ‘stress’ services. This allowed attackers to introduce a successful DDoS attack on targeted organizations. The DDoS-for-hire websites were critical-boot.com, ragebooter[.]com, downthem[.]org and quantumstress[.]net. These websites have countable subscriptions among hackers.

According to United States Attorney Nick Hanna, these hacking websites were capable of creating turmoil in computer networks on a massive scale, and it also can undermine the internet infrastructure on which our daily reliance depends on. On the other hand, she looks forward to making the internet relieved from these websites. We are looking forward to the internet to be an agency which has free information and is commentary in service.

Image Credits – Department of Justice/FBI

Among the accused are Matthew Gatrel, Juan Martinez, and David Bukowski who were guilty of running these websites are in custody. Gatrel and Martinez have been charged for defying the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

“Down the offered services directly to DDoS users who wished to attack other internet users. Subsequently, Ampnode supplied resorts designed to accelerate the creation of standalone DDoS services by customers. Somewhere within October 2014 and November 2018, Downthem’s database showed over 2000 customer subscriptions with an aim to conduct over 200,000 DDoS attacks. FBI was seen reporting this.

The services from the seized sites were attempting attacks on a wide range of victims who were none other than the financial institutions/universities, internet service providers, government systems and various gaming zones.

Source – Cyware, Engadget

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