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Christmas DDoS canceled: law enforcers shut down 15 hacker services

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Law enforcement agencies of the United States, Britain and the Netherlands have reported the closure of 15 major services of DDoS attacks for hire. Interestingly, the operation was carried out on the eve of the Christmas and New Year holidays, which for many years in a row are the “golden times” for DDoS attacks on gaming services. Attacking's favorite targets are PlayStation Network, Xbox, Steam, Blizzard and EA Online servers, and attackers choose this time of year specifically to troll as many people as possible who are going to spend the weekend at home with the prefix.

The “tradition” mentioned begins in 2013 year, when the DDoS-attacks arranged a hack group DerpTrolling. In 2014, hackers from Lizard Squad also joined DerpTrolling, and in 2015 and 2016, the Phantom Squad and R.I.U groups took up the baton. Star Patrol. Only last 2017 turned out to be relatively calm, since DDoS was then trying to organize scattered singles.

This year, it seems, there will not be a Christmas DDoS either, and it is unclear whether the law enforcers acted on their own, or campaigns. Together, 15 of the following services were closed, offering the services of DDoS attacks to understand:

• anonsecurityteam.com;
• booter.ninja;
• bullstresser.net;
• critical-boot.com;
• defcon.pro;
• defianceprotocol.com;
• downthem.org;
• layer7-stresser.xyz;
• netstress.org;
• quantumstress.net;
• ragebooter.com;
• request.rip;
• str3ssed.me;
• torsecurityteam.org;
• vbooter.org.

It is worth remembering that At the end of April 2018, Europol was notable for eliminating one of the world's largest services for DDoS attacks, WebStresser. However, this, of course, does not mean that there are no hackers selling DDoS to order on the network. For example, many of these services work in China and other countries where the jurisdiction of Europol and the FBI simply does not apply.

According to the US Department of Justice, the authorities have already charged the 23-year-old operator of the Quantum Stresser service, David Bukoski, from Pennsylvania . It is reported that since its launch in 2012, Quantum Stresser has managed to work with more than 80,000 customers, and this year alone more than 50,000 DDoS attacks against various targets around the world have been carried out using it.

Also, charges have been brought The 30-year-old Illinois resident Matthew Gatrel and the 25-year-old Juan Martinez from California are suspected of organizing Ampnode and Downthem services.

According to the investigation, Downthem had more than 2,000 clients and service He was responsible for 200,000 DDoS attacks from October 2014 to November 2018. As you can see, Ampnode does not appear in the list above. The authorities explain that this service worked a little differently: it offered technical assistance and resources for creating independent DDoS services on the customer’s side.