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Cyberattack-for-hire website WebStresser taken down Cyberattack-for-hire website WebStresser taken down
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The website has been blamed for launching over four million cyber attacks around the world. The website has been blamed for launching over four million cyber attacks around the world.
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<strong>An illegal "stresser" website used to launch millions of anonymous cyber attacks across the world was today <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43893420">shut down</a> in a major international investigation.</strong> <strong>An illegal "stresser" website used to launch millions of anonymous cyber attacks across the world was today <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43893420">shut down</a> in a major international investigation.</strong>
WebStresser, a site which operated openly as service for "testing" a company's cyber-defences, but was in reality employed by criminals to <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43893420">buy untraceable cyber-attacks</a> on businesses of their choice, has now been replaced by a <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43893420">splas<span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.6rem;">h page.</span></a> WebStresser, a site which operated openly as service for "testing" a company's cyber-defences, but was in reality employed by criminals to <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43893420">buy untraceable cyber-attacks</a> on businesses of their choice, has now been replaced by a <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43893420">splas<span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.6rem;">h page.</span></a>
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According to the page, the site's domain name <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43893420">has been seized</a> in conjunction with Operation Power OFF, a co-ordinated effort involving law enforcement from 11 countries, with assistance from EuroPol. According to the page, the site's domain name <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43893420">has been seized</a> in conjunction with Operation Power OFF, a co-ordinated effort involving law enforcement from 11 countries, with assistance from EuroPol.
Its servers have also been <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43893420">seized</a> by Dutch police, and six suspected members of the gang who ran it have been<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43893420"> arrested</a> in Holland, the U.K and elsewhere. At the time of its shutdown, the site had over 136,000 users <em>(<a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2018/04/25/massive-ddos-attack-service-webstresser-org-taken-down/#79dd3ec82e3c">Forbes</a>).</em> Its servers have also been <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43893420">seized</a> by Dutch police, and six suspected members of the gang who ran it have been<a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43893420"> arrested</a> in Holland, the U.K and elsewhere. At the time of its shutdown, the site had over 136,000 users <em>(<a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2018/04/25/massive-ddos-attack-service-webstresser-org-taken-down/#79dd3ec82e3c">Forbes</a>).</em>
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WebStresser offered a form of attack called <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denial-of-service_attack">Distributed Denial of Service</a>, or DDos, for as little as <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43893420">$14.99 per attack.  </a>This form of assault swamps a servers with trivial requests, making them unable to perform legitimate functions and often causing them to temporarily crash.  WebStresser offered a form of attack called <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denial-of-service_attack">Distributed Denial of Service</a>, or DDos, for as little as <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43893420">$14.99 per attack.  </a>This form of assault swamps servers with trivial requests, making them unable to perform legitimate functions and often causing them to temporarily crash.
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<em> </em><em>Are you aware of any other such 'DDos-for-hire' sites?  </em> <em> </em><em>Are you aware of any other such 'DDos-for-hire' sites?  </em>
<em>Are you concerned about your personal cyber security?</em> <em>Are you concerned about your personal cyber security?</em>
<em>Do you think more attacks will follow?</em> <em>Do you think more attacks will follow?</em>
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