BBC News: Membru al unei grupari care santaja companiile cu atacuri DDoS arestat.

Un membru al unei grupari care santaja companiile cu scoaterea din functiune a serverelor prin atacuri de tip Distributed Denial of Service a fost arestat prin efortul conjugat al politiei din mai multe tari europene.

Grupul este acuzat ca scotea din functiune paginile web al unor companii si pretindea sume de bani (in moneda Bitcoin) pentru a opri atacurile.

Tintele principale erau site-urile de jocuri de noroc online, dar recent grupul isi largise aria de activitate si catre companiile din domeniul serviciilor financiare si divertisment.

DDoS extortion gang suspect arrested by European police – BBC News:
A suspected member of an online extortion gang has been arrested, police have said.[..]

The group is accused of taking down companies’ websites and demanding ransoms to stop.Its name, which stands for Distributed Denial of Service for the online currency Bitcoin, is an apparent reference to its alleged tactics.[…]

According to police, DD4BC “primarily targeted the online gambling industry, but has recently broadened their activity to the financial services and entertainment sector as well as other high-profile companies. Businesses that pay the ransom to the blackmailers risk appearing vulnerable and being targeted again for a higher amount.”

Source: DDoS extortion gang suspect arrested by European police – BBC News