Owners of DDoS-for-Hire Service vDOS Get 6 Months Community Service

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Sun, 07 Jun 2020 16:02:26 +0000

The co-owners of vDOS, a now-defunct service that for four years helped paying customers launch more than two million distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that knocked countless Internet users and websites offline, each have been sentenced to six months of community service by an Israeli court.

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DDoS Mitigation Firm Founder Admits to DDoS

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2020 23:13:03 +0000

A Georgia man who co-founded a service designed to protect companies from crippling distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks has pleaded to paying a DDoS-for-hire service to launch attacks against others.

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U.K. Man Avoids Jail Time in vDOS Case

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2017 13:56:01 +0000

A U.K. man who pleaded guilty to launching more than 2,000 cyberattacks against some of the world’s largest companies has avoided jail time for his role in the attacks. The judge in the case reportedly was moved by pleas for leniency that cited the man’s youth at the time of the attacks and a diagnosis of autism.

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Correcting the Record on vDOS Prosecutions

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:11:31 +0000

KrebsOnSecurity recently featured a story about a New Mexico man who stands accused of using the now-defunct vDOS attack-for-hire service to hobble the Web sites of several former employers. That piece stated that I wasn’t aware of any other prosecutions related to vDOS customers, but as it happens there was a prosecution in the United Kingdom earlier this year of a man who’s admitted to both using and helping to administer vDOS. Here’s a look at some open-source clues that may have led to the U.K. man’s arrest.

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Hack of Attack-for-Hire Service vDOS Snares New Mexico Man

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2017 17:00:12 +0000

A New Mexico man is facing federal hacking charges for allegedly using the now defunct attack-for-hire service vDOS to launch damaging digital assaults aimed at knocking his former employer’s Web site offline. Prosecutors were able to bring the case in part because vDOS got massively hacked last year, and its customer database of payments and targets leaked to this author and to the FBI.

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Reaper: Calm Before the IoT Security Storm?

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:42:42 +0000

It’s been just over a year since the world witnessed some of the world’s top online Web sites being taken down for much of the day by “Mirai,” a zombie malware strain that enslaved “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices such as wireless routers, security cameras and digital video recorders for use in large-scale online attacks. Now, experts are sounding the alarm about the emergence of what appears to be a far more powerful strain of IoT attack malware — variously named “Reaper” and “IoTroop” — that spreads via security holes in IoT software and hardware. And there are indications that over a million organizations may be affected already. Reaper isn’t attacking anyone yet. For the moment it is apparently content to gather gloom to itself from the darkest reaches of the Internet. But if history is any teacher, we are likely enjoying a period of false calm before another humbling IoT attack wave breaks.

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Alleged vDOS Operators Arrested, Charged

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 09 Aug 2017 15:43:24 +0000

Two young Israeli men alleged by this author to have co-founded vDOS — until recently the largest and most profitable cyber attack-for-hire service online — were arrested and formally indicted this week in Israel on conspiracy and hacking charges.

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Who is the GovRAT Author and Mirai Botmaster ‘Bestbuy’?

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 05 Jul 2017 11:25:14 +0000

In February 2017, authorities in the United Kingdom arrested a 29-year-old U.K. man on suspicion of knocking more than 900,000 Germans offline in an attack tied to Mirai, a malware strain that enslaves Internet of Things (IoT) devices like security cameras and Internet routers for use in large-scale cyberattacks. Investigators haven’t yet released the man’s name, but news reports suggest he may be better known by the hacker handle “Bestbuy.” This post will follow a trail of clues back to one likely real-life identity of Bestbuy.

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