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Cyberattack website WebStresser taken down Cyberattack 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>A website used to launch more than four million anonymous cyber attacks across the world was <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43893420">shut down</a> in a major international investigation.</strong> <strong>A website used to launch more than four million anonymous cyber attacks across the world was <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43893420">shut down</a> in a major international investigation.</strong>
WebStresser, a website which operated as a service for "testing" a company's cyber-defences, but was in reality used to <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43893420">buy untraceable cyber-attacks</a> on businesses, has now been replaced by a <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43893420">splash page.</a> WebStresser, a website which operated as a service for "testing" a company's cyber-defences, but was in reality used to <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43893420">buy untraceable cyber-attacks</a> on businesses, has now been replaced by a <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43893420">splash page.</a>
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According to the splash 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 coordinated effort involving law enforcement from 11 countries, with assistance from EuroPol. The site was used by a British suspect to attack high street banks last year, causing hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage. According to the splash 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 coordinated effort involving law enforcement from 11 countries, with assistance from EuroPol. The site was used by a British suspect to attack high street banks last year, causing hundreds of thousands of pounds of damage.
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 behind the site 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 behind the site 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 servers with requests for access, rendering them unable to perform basic functions and often causing them to temporarily crash. Targets can include online banks, infrastructure or schools portals. 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 requests for access, rendering them unable to perform basic functions and often causing them to temporarily crash. Targets can include online banks, infrastructure or schools portals.
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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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