According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the booting service operated by Sergiy P. Usatyuk (20) was used to carry out millions of distributed denial of service attacks.
Usatyuk developed and operated other DDoS-for-hire services with a co-conspirator between August 2015 and November 2017.
“An Orland Park, Illinois man pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to cause damage to
The list of illegal DDoS-for-hire services operated by the man includes ExoStress.in (“
The services were involved in million of attacks, for example as of Sept. 12, 2017,
According to the authorities,
DDoS-for-hire service was a profitable business for Usatyuk and its co-conspirator that reportedly made over $550,000 from charging subscriber fees to paying customers of their booter services, as well as from selling advertising space to other booter operators.
“For over two years, Sergiy Usatyuk conspired to launch millions of DDoS attacks that paralyzed the computer systems of U.S. organizations for more than 100,000 hours,” said Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski. “The Criminal Division and our law enforcement partners will remain vigilant in protecting the American public by prosecuting the cybercriminals responsible for these sophisticated and harmful schemes.”
According to the DoJ, over the past five years, the abuse of booter and
In January, Europol and law enforcement agencies worldwide, announced they are investigating DDoS-for-hire services and hunting users that paid them to carry out cyber attacks.
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(SecurityAffairs – DDoS-for-hire, cybercrime)