Popular online attack-for-hire service taken down

Thursday 26 April 2018 10:29 CET | News

WebStresser, a website blamed for launching more than four million cyberattacks around the world, has been taken down in a major international investigation, according to BBC.

Webstresser offered a form of cyberattack known as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), in which a target website is overwhelmed by requests for access. The target, be they an online bank or a secondary school’s portal for students, can seize up and crash, unless the attack is blocked. Investigators say that the gang sold cyberattacks for as little as USD 14.99, meaning that anyone who wanted to attack a web service could do so with little chance of being traced.

The site was used by a British suspect to attack high street banks in 2017, causing hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage, the online publication continues. Seven suspected members of the group behind were arrested or subject to searches in the Netherlands, Serbia, Croatia and Canada, with support from Scotland Police, Europol and US authorities.

The Dutch police completed the operation by identifying the location of the website’s servers and seizing them, replacing the site with a page announcing that law enforcement agencies had taken the service offline.

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Keywords: WebStresser, DDoS, cyberattack, cybercriminals, Europol, online security. fraud prevention
Categories: Fraud & Financial Crime
Countries: World
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