Europol Shuts Down World's Largest DDOS-for-Hire Service
Europol officials have shut down WebStresser, a website where users could register and launch DDoS attacks after paying for a monthly plan, with prices starting as low as €15 ($18.25). The website, considered the largest DDoS-for-hire service online, had over 136,000 users at the time it was shut down. Europol said it had been responsible for over 4 million DDoS attacks in recent years.
Besides shutting down the website's server infrastructure, authorities said they also arrested the site's administrators, located in the United Kingdom, Croatia, Canada, and Serbia. Dutch and UK cops led the investigation and were responsible for tracking down administrators and their infrastructure. Cops seized WebStresser's server infrastructure located in the Netherlands, the US and Germany.
Not only did Europol arrest site administrators, but also they took "further measures" against the site's top users who have launched the most attacks in the recent years. Officials didn't reveal what these measures were but merely said the users were located in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Croatia, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Hong Kong.