Prosecutors charge six and seize 48 domains on DDoS services for hire

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The Department of Justice (DoJ) was authorized to seize 48 Internet domains and brought criminal charges against six individuals who allegedly operated Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) services or “booted” or “stressed” from the United States. United.

FBI seizes 48 domains that facilitated DDoS attacks for paying customers against targeted computers. DDoS attacks prevented targeted computers from accessing the Internet.

According to the DoJ, the 48 websites have been used to launch millions of DDoS attacks against victims worldwide. The sites presented themselves as a “stressor”, or a legitimate service to test the customer’s network. But the FBI discovered the mechanism was a cover-up after reviewing communications between site administrators and customers, which indicated that both parties knew the customer was not trying to test their own computers.

“These startup services allow anyone to launch cyberattacks that harm individual victims and compromise everyone’s ability to access the Internet,” said U.S. Attorney Martin Estrada.

“This week’s enforcement activity is a major milestone in our ongoing efforts to root out criminal behavior that threatens the infrastructure of the Internet and our ability to function in a digital world.”

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The FBI, the UK’s National Crime Agency and the Dutch police have also launched an online campaign via search engine advertisements that are set to appear when people use keywords associated with DDoS activity.

DDoS services for hire are a problem because they are inexpensive to operate and allow anyone without technical skills to carry out an attack. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned earlier this year that compromised Internet of Things (IoT) devices are often used to create large botnets used for DDoS attacks.

“Criminals are increasingly targeting essential services and our critical infrastructure with DDoS attacks that can cost victims valuable time, money and damage their reputations,” said Donald Alway, deputy director in charge of the office. exterior of the FBI in Los Angeles.

The defendants charged in Los Angeles are:

  • Jeremiah Sam Evans Miller, aka “John The Dev”, 23, of San Antonio, Texas, who is charged with conspiracy to violate and violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act related to the alleged exploitation of a booter service named RoyalStrasser.com (formerly known as Supremesecurityteam.com)
  • Angel Manuel Colon Jr., aka “Anonghost720” and “Anonghost1337”, 37, of Belleview, Florida, who is charged with conspiracy to violate and violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act related to the alleged operation of ‘a startup service named SecurityTeam.io
  • Shamar Shattock, 19, of Margate, Florida, who is charged with conspiracy for allegedly running a startup service known as Astrostress.com
  • Cory Anthony Palmer, 22, of Lauderhill, Florida, who is charged with conspiracy for allegedly running a startup service known as Booter.sx

The four defendants have been notified of the charges against them and are expected to make their first appearances in United States District Court in Los Angeles early next year. He said the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.

The DoJ also filed criminal charges against two men in the District of Alaska.

The defendants charged in criminal informations filed in Alaska are:

  • John M. Dobbs, 32, of Honolulu, Hawaii, who is accused of aiding and abetting violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act related to the alleged operation of a startup service named Ipstressor. com, also known as IPS, between 2009 and November 2022
  • Joshua Laing, 32, of Liverpool, New York, who is accused of aiding and abetting violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act related to the alleged operation of a startup service named TrueSecurityServices.io between 2014 and November 2022

The Justice Department said the two defendants have been notified of the charges against them and are expected to make their first court appearances early next year. He noted that criminal informations contain allegations and the accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.

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