A global crackdown has closed around 50 of the world’s biggest booters designed to launch crippling distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) and blocking online infrastructure and services. One of them had been used in 30 million attacks, Europol says.
“The services seized were by far the most popular DDoS booter services on the market, receiving top billing on search engines.”
Europol says seven administrators have been arrested so far in the United States and the United Kingdom, with further actions planned against the users.
Administrators, users, critical infrastructure and victims were scattered across the world, Europol says.
“DDoS booter services have effectively lowered the entry barrier into cybercrime: for a fee as low as EUR 10, any low-skilled individual can launch DDoS attacks with the click of a button, knocking offline whole websites and networks by barraging them with traffic.”
“DDoS-ing is taken seriously by law enforcement. Size does not matter – all levels of users are on the radar of law enforcement, be it a gamer booting out the competition out of a video game, or a high-level hacker carrying out DDoS attacks against commercial targets for financial gain.”
The crackdown was called Operation Power Off and involved police in United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Poland and Germany.