The world’s largest online marketplace for selling and lauching distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks was shut down this week as part of Operation Power Off, an international investigation into the so-called Webstresser.org site. The effort was led by the UK National Crime Agency and Dutch National Police, with support from Europol and a dozen global law enforcement agencies, Europol reports.
Webstresser had more than 136,000 registered users, and threat actors have reportedly used it to launch at least four million cyberattacks, targeting government agencies, banks, police organizations, and victims in the gaming sector by flooding their servers with traffic, according to Europol. The site simplified the process of launching DDoS attacks, once a threat mostly accessible to tech-savvy cybercriminals.
Read more about the international operation targeting the ‘Webstresser’ DDoS marketplace on DarkReading.