FBI has confirmed that it has seized 15 domains that were involved in coordinated efforts to bring down websites, game servers, etc. by using a method called “distributed denial-of-service” or (DDoS).
These websites which are frequently known as “booters” allowed anybody to pay through electronic means in exchange of DDoS attacks to bring down specified service or website.
Easy and low barrier to entry for cyber criminals
Traditionally these sites are marketed as a legitimate website offering stress testing service to help developers test their web application’s capacity to withstand large volumes of traffic. However, anybody can pay using a credit card or Bitcoin to avail services from these “booter” websites that offer powerful DDoS attack capabilities.
According to FBI thousands of customers have used these 15 sites over the last 4-5 years for almost a million DDoS attacks.
An FBI press release stated
These services offered easy access to attack infrastructure, payment options that included Bitcoin, and were relatively low cost. Each of the services was tested by the FBI, which verified those DDoS attack services offered through each of the seized websites. While testing the various services, the FBI determined that these types of services can and have caused disruptions of networks at all levels.