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FBI swoops on ‘national threat’ ‘hacks for hire’ sites

“The FBI has seized control of 15 websites that let people pay to knock individuals and other sites offline. The so-called booters sought to swamp targets with huge amounts of data in what are known as distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Three US men have been charged with allegedly offering DDoS services. ‘DDoS-for-hire services such as these pose a significant national threat,’ US Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder said in a statement. The FBI says more than 200,000 attacks have been launched via just one booter site. Customers could use the sites to pick targets and then pay to have the domain, web business or individual taken offline. Generally, the bigger the payment, the more data traffic was pointed at a target.”

Source: FBI swoops on ‘national threat’ ‘hacks for hire’ sites – BBC News

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