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Stress-Testing the Booter Services, Financially

The past few years have witnessed a rapid proliferation of cheap, Web-based services that troublemakerscanhire to knock virtually any person or site offline for hours on end. Such services succeed partlybecause they’ve enabledusers to pay for attackswithPayPal. But a collaborative effort by PayPal and security researchers has made itfar more difficult for these services to transact with their would-be customers.

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By offering a low-cost, shared distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack infrastructure, these so-called “booter” and “stresser” services have attracted thousands of malicious customers and are responsible for hundreds of thousands of attacks per year. Indeed, KrebsOnSecurityhas repeatedly been targeted in fairly high-volume attacks from booter services — most notably a service run by the Lizard Squad band of miscreants who took responsibility for sidelining the the Microsoft xBox and Sony Playstation on Christmas Day 2014.

For more than two months in the...(continued)

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