Cyber-crime website behind 4 million attacks taken down

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Eruopol reported the success of Operation Power Off, an investigation led by the Dutch police in combination with the UK's National Crime Agency and a dozen other law enforcement agencies from around the world. Targets included banks, government institutions, police forces, as well as the gaming industry.

Though some individuals may only see their involvement as playing around with low-level fringe cybercrime, DDoS attacks are illegal, and perpetrators who conduct the attacks can be charged a hefty fine, receive a prison sentence, or be penalized with a combination of both.

The Croatian police said they had cooperated with forces from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, Italy, Serbia, and Hong Kong in an worldwide action where many helpers and users of the DDoS service were also arrested.

Officers from the NCA's National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) identified criminal infrastructure in the Netherlands as part of an ongoing campaign against "DDoS-for-hire" services, and worked closely with the Dutch National Police to identify the crime group behind the site and execute the coordinated law enforcement operation. Webstresser sold DDoS services for as little as 15 euros a month, or about $18, Europol said.

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"Criminals are very good at collaborating, victimizing millions of users in a moment [from] anywhere in the world", Steven Wilson, the head of Europol's European Cybercrime Center, said in a statement Wednesday.

"Despite one of the larger crimes associated with the website and their operators being against banks in London, the raids to shut down this operations took place on two continents and involved six countries and at least seven agencies", says Rustici.

Another expert welcomed the arrest of the ringleaders of the website.

"Unfortunately, this service is neither a new proposition from criminals, nor is it likely to end with the takedown of webstresser.org".

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"Portrayed as legitimate services, "stressors" are created to assist security engineers in testing the resilience of corporate servers against extreme traffic loads, and often explicitly prohibit any illegal use", explained Andrei Barysevich, director of advanced collection and dark web expert at Recorded Future.

The arrested Croatian will be charged for criminal acts against computer systems.

This case, which was led by the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit, highlights the value of the global partnerships that are crucial to solving transnational cybercrimes.

"The platform criminality model is productising malware and making cybercrime as easy as shopping online".

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The website specialized in DDoS attacks, which make a machine, network or services unavailable by flooding services with excessive cyberrequests from multiple sources, preventing legitimate requests from getting through.

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