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Alleged Proprietors of 'DDOS For Hire' Service vDOS Arrested (krebsonsecurity.com) 63

Long-time Slashdot reader pdclarry writes: Brian Krebs reports that the two youthful (18-year-old) alleged proprietors of vDOS, the DDOS service have been arrested in Israel on a complaint from the FBI. They have been released on $10,000 bond each, their passports lifted, and they have been placed under house arrest, and banned from using the Internet for 30 days. They were probably identified through a massive hack of the vDOS database recently [reported Friday morning on Slashdot].

Krebs also reports that vDOS's DNS addresses were hijacked by the firm BackConnect Security to get out from under a sustained DDOS attack, and that his site, krebsonsecurity.com has been under a sustained DDOS attack since his last article was published, with the packets containing the string "godiefaggot". Those attacks continue, but, as he has been the target of many DDOS attacks in the past, he's covered by a DDOS protection firm.
The two teenagers coordinated more than 150,000 denial-of-service attacks over the last two years, according to Krebs, using at least four servers in Bulgaria.
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Alleged Proprietors of 'DDOS For Hire' Service vDOS Arrested

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Once again we see a couple script kiddies who thought they were such hot poop for being able to crash a couple servers get what they deserve.

    They wanted to so desperately be some hotshot badass criminals? Well wish granted.

    The fewer teenage imbeciles we have running around with rebranded LOICs, giving actual hackers and penetration testers a bad name in the process, the better.

    • by HBI ( 604924 )

      Really really got to come up with a better name than "penetration testing". Sounds like something I do with desperate Craigslist chicks.

      • "No, that wasn't it. Nope, that wasn't it either." You shouldn't have to test that.

  • by Vlad_the_Inhaler ( 32958 ) on Sunday September 11, 2016 @01:32AM (#52864841) Homepage

    I read the article here a couple of days ago where he "outed" the pair and got the impression that vDOS had been active for more than just two years.

    Brian Krebs writes that he has obtained the hacked database of an Israeli company that is responsible for most of the large-scale DDoS attacks over the past (at least) 4 years.

    They are 18 now? Most of their misdeeds would have been performed as minors, and I'm a bit sceptical that they started when they were (at most) 14.

    • They are 18 now? Most of their misdeeds would have been performed as minors, and I'm a bit sceptical that they started when they were (at most) 14.

      It doesn't matter; they can and probably will be tried as adults for the lot of it. That whole "minor" thing means exactly fuck. We expect children to behave responsibly but we give them no rights, then are surprised when they don't behave the way we like.

  • Any other country within 1000Km of Israel would tell the FBI to go screw.
    • by golodh ( 893453 )
      No other country within 1000 Km of Israel depends quite so much on US good will for its survival.
    • by Sun ( 104778 )

      Maybe. The countries immediately surrounding Israel either have bigger issues to deal with, or don't have a very good rule of law.

      How is that a good thing, though?

      Shachar

  • What I miss in this thread is are excited posts from Angry White Men or Libertarians telling us that this is Yet Another Example of "Da Gubbamint" stifling private anterprise and a ploy to promote Big Government.

    What happend to those good folks?

    Busy? Distracted? Overslept? Tired? Despirited? Think they're all right? Should we worry?

  • DNS vs BGP (Score:5, Informative)

    by SilentChasm ( 998689 ) on Sunday September 11, 2016 @05:03AM (#52865181)

    Krebs also reports that vDOS's DNS addresses were hijacked by the firm BackConnect Security to get out from under a sustained DDOS attack

    According to the article it was a BGP (ie IP address) hijacking not a DNS hijacking. DNS isn't even mentioned at all in the article aside from a phone number in a domain registration found to match one obtained from the hack.

    • by Sun ( 104778 )

      Haven't read the post, but if you use BGP to hijack the IPs on which the DNS reside, then you have hijacked the DNS. A literal reading of the sentence you quote supports that theory, IMHO.

      Shachar

  • Why does everyone treat these DDOS attacks (and other cyber threats) so lightly? These two punks get a slap on the wrist, and it just goes on and on! There are significant effects from these threats, you know; not just some bank inconvenienced for a day or so, or the release of a new computer game being spoiled.

    Public whipping would be nice, actually. I stop short at firing squads .. barely.

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