In April 2018, an international operation conducted by the European law enforcement agencies led by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Dutch Police, with the help of Europol, took down the world’s biggest DDoS-for-hire service.
The operation dubbed Power Off allowed to shut down the biggest DDoS-for-hire service (webstresser.org) and arrest its administrators. According to the investigators, the platform was involved in over 4 million attacks and arrested its administrators.
The police arrested 6 members of the crime group behind the ‘webstresser.org‘ website in Scotland, Croatia, Canada, and Serbia on Tuesday.
The Europol confirmed that Webstresser.org had 136,000 registered users and was used to target online services from banks, government institutions, police forces
Now law enforcement agencies are now investigating on customers that paid for the DDoS-for-hire-service service.
Europol has announced that the British NCA is conducting several operations all over the world to identify and arrest Webstresser.org users.
“In the United Kingdom a number of webstresser.org users have recently been visited by the police, who have seized over 60 personal electronic devices from them for analysis as part of Operation Power OFF.” reads the press release published by the Europol. “UK police are also conducting a number of live operations against oth
The Europol gained access to the accounts of over 151,000 registered Webstresser users when it dismantled the service, the agency also obtained a huge trove of information about them.
According to the Europol, over 250 users of DDoS-for-hire services <, including Webstresser will soon face potential prosecution.
“To this effect, the FBI seized last December 15 other DDoS-for-hire websites, including the relatively well known
“Size does not matter – all levels of users are under the radar of law enforcement, be it a gamer
UK police already raided the homes of several webstresser.org users, in Netherlands authorities are working to unmask Dutch users of the service. A Dutch user of webstresser.org has already received this alternative sanction.
Europol revealed that other countries, including the United States, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Romania, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Switzerland, Norway, Lithuania, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, Australia, Colombia, Serbia, have also joined the fight against DDoS attacks.
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(SecurityAffairs – DDoS-for-hire service, hacking)