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DDoS-for-hire services thrive despite closure of major marketplace

Michael Kan | Jan. 5, 2017
HackForums.net has shut down its Server Stress Testing section, which was accused of selling DDoS-for-hire services.

Nixon said she's hopeful more law enforcement agencies will crack down on this illegal business. The problem has become especially serious, following the emergence of Mirai, a malware that’s designed to launch massive DDoS attacks.

Several internet disruptions, including a large-scale attack in the U.S. back in October, have been blamed on the malware. Making the matters worse is that the Mirai source code is openly available on the internet.  

"We may not see a decrease in DDoS attacks, but a lot more law enforcement seems to be paying attention to this," Nixon said.

 

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