Authorities Nab Two Teens Connected to Massive DDoS-for-Hire Scheme

Security writer Brian Krebs reported Saturday that Israeli authorities have arrested two Israeli teens in connection with an online attack-for-hire service he profiled earlier last week.

In operation since 2012, the vDOS, "booter" service has earned more than $600,000 over the past two years by helping customers coordinate distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on Web sites around the world, a database revealed after the business was hacked. A booter service offered by cybercriminals provides paying customers with DDoS attack capabilities on demand.

Over the weekend, news publications and Haaretz reported that Israeli authorities arrested Itay Huri and Yarden Bidani, both 18, in connection with the activities of vDOS. Police in Israel were alerted to the activities of the teens by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to the publications.

In a post on his KrebsOnSecurity Web site Thursday, Krebs revealed details about vDOS' operations that were exposed after the business was "massively hacked" earlier this year. He said the hacked vDOS database, which he obtained at the end of July, showed the service had helped launch more than 150,000 DDoS attacks over the past two years.

Nearly 9 Years of Attack Traffic in 4 Months

"To say that vDOS has been responsible for a majority of the DDoS attacks clogging up the Internet over the past few years would be an understatement," Krebs said in his post. "[I]n just four months between April and July 2016, vDOS was responsible for launching more than 277 million seconds of attack time, or approximately 8.81 years worth of attack traffic."

Krebs' profile of the service featured a screenshot of vDOS' home page showing that the company offered packages ranging from $19.99 to $199.99 per month. Services were priced according to how long, in seconds, each DDoS attack lasted.

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