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Authorities have taken down the world’s largest DDoS-for-hire service

Authorities in twelve countries have taken down WebStresser, which is believed to be the world’s largest service for paid DDoS attacks. In the joint campaign (Operation Power Off), they seized WebStresser’s Infrastructure in the US, UK and the Netherlands as well as arrested the website administrators that ranged as far as Australia and Hong Kong.

At this time, we don’t know who exactly was arrested, but security guru Brian Krebs found that one of them is likely to be Jovan Mirkovic, a 19-year-old Serbian. Mirkovic used his Facebook account to openly discuss about WebStresser and his role with it, and his last name last posted on April 3rd, which is the day before Operation Power Off took place.

Much like many other DDoS-for-hire services, WebStresser allowed people to pay as little as $15 to flood a website with traffic, and required little to no knowledge of how to do this. Whether you wanted to annoy a company or take petty revenge, you just had to place an order and an attack would be underway.

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