DDoS Service Site Shut Down

Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 04:04 PM gHale

A website behind millions of cyberattacks is now shut down following a series of international arrests, police said.

Webstresser.org, a site that carried out distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, sometimes as cheap as $18.26 a month, ended up shut down Wednesday by Europol.

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The site had over 136,000 users and had conducted four million attacks by April, said Europol, which is the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation. 

Webstresser.org offer DDoS services to anyone willing to pay, officials said.

That meant criminals didn’t need the technical expertise to carry out massive cyberattacks on websites, opening the door to millions of new victims.

“Stresser websites make powerful weapons in the hands of cybercriminals,” said Jaap van Oss, the Dutch chairman of the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce.

Europol said Webstresser was the world’s largest provider. 

Webstresser had attacked banks, police, government and gaming websites before investigators shut the page down, Europol said.

One requested attack used Webstresser to hit seven of the UK’s largest banks last November, shutting down entire systems and causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.

The U.S. made up the majority of targets and customers.

Police involved with what they called Operation Power Off arrested the site’s four alleged administrators in the UK, Croatia, Canada and Serbia.

Officers also arrested top customers in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Australia and Hong Kong. The website’s infrastructure, based in the Netherlands, the U.S. and Germany, was also seized.

The organization had a dedicated Facebook page, where it posted memes and asked for “quality influencers” to help market its service on YouTube.

As it is with quite a few of these arrests and take downs, the investigation was coordinated by agencies in multiple countries. In this case, the Dutch police and the UK National Crime Agency helped out.

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