At a glance.
- Alleged booters collared, their sites disabled.
- Progress report on US anti-ransomware efforts.
- Suspicion in AIIMS cyberattack turns toward China.
- Hybrid war and fissures in the underworld.
Alleged booters collared, their sites disabled.
US Federal prosecutors in California and Alaska have charged six people with crimes involving booter services, that is, offers of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks for hire. The charges allege violations (or "aiding and abetting" such violations) of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and conspiracy to operate a booter service.
In addition to the indictments, the FBI also seized forty-eight domains allegedly used in the crimes charged. The takedown was an international operation. Europol announced that the action was part of Operation Power Off, a cooperative effort by US, British, Dutch, Polish, and German law enforcement agencies against this particular segment of the C2C market. Europol also reports that a seventh arrest in the case has been made in the UK.
The US Justice Department notes that there's a public outreach component to the operation. "In conjunction with the website seizures," Justice says, "the FBI, the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency, and the Netherlands Police have launched an advertising campaign using targeted placement ads in search engines, which are triggered by keywords associated with DDoS activities. The purpose of the ads is to deter potential cyber criminals searching for DDoS services in the United States and around the globe, as well as to educate the public on the illegality of DDoS activities."