Inside the world of "booters" -- cheesy DoS-for-hire sites

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6 Responses to “Inside the world of "booters" -- cheesy DoS-for-hire sites”

  1. Eark_the_Bunny says:

    Hey why can’t we just hire a few of these folks to attack each other.  Sorta of like dividing by zero or maybe Escher!

  2. No doubt  Mr Downs will rip off the wrong person one day and get his nervous system wrecked so he has to spend his dying days in Chiba, trading small amounts of random access memory for moderate amount of money and sleeping in really cheap places.

  3. bcsizemo says:

    But he’s obviously offering a service that people are willing to pay for? I mean as an American that’s just straight up Capitalism to me. I mean right?

  4. Phoc Yu says:

    How does Cloudflare come into play in all of this? 

     In TFA they come across as using their CDN to shield these DoS attacks, yet I could have sworn NPR had someone from Cloudflare on bragging about how they stopped the Spamhaus attack.  

  5. Spocko says:

    A few years ago I found out that DDoS attacks were being used on successful websites to extort money from companies. I talked to some engineers at NNOG who were working on this issue. What was interesting was that although the ones for money were troubling, the ones that people did for personal reasons were higher. So some of them were political and are just because they were pissed off. This makes sense as a way to “win” against an opponent when you can win in the game space.

    BTW, this might make for an interesting follow up story. Talk to some of the people who bought this and why. Ask if them if they ever admitted their actions and if it because a MAD arms race between players.

  6. Thomas Davidson says:

    Wow, I just read “When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth” today. This feels very much like Life-imitating-Art! 

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