Federal law enforcement seems to be determined to avoid the distributed denial of service (DoS) attacks that have broke the holidays of users earlier. The FBI has banned the domains of 15 DDoS-for-hire sites, comprising comparatively well-recognized examples such as Quantum Stresser and Downthem. It concurrently charged 3 individuals working on these websites. Juan Martinez and Matthew Gatrel face allegations for supposedly conspiring to breach the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for operating Ampnode and Downthem, while David Bukowski has been blamed of abetting and aiding computer infringement for operating and managing Quantum Stresser.
The websites were some of the biggest in the industry. The Justice Department noted that Quantum Stresser had more than 80,000 users by November-end, and had been employed for 50,000 “attempted or actual” attacks all over the world.
The decision is expected to be welcome, but it comes with some disagreement. The charges and seizures recommend that operating a DDoS-for-hire site can most of the times be against the law by itself, even if it is possibly employed for security scientists testing website flexibility with explicit authorization.
On a related note, the central government is now looking into false comments posted on the FCC’s site during 2017’s public comment period on the organization’s plans to issue back Internet protections for net neutrality. As per the media, the FBI has issued a probe to determine if any regulations were broken.
In May last year, the FCC started accepting comments from the normal public regarding its strategies, pulling in over 2.6 Million comments, spurred on by TV personalities such has John Oliver. The organization was busy with millions of near-akin comments supporting for the elimination of the protections (a research later discovered that unique comments were devastatingly asking for the regulations to be left as is), and while those comments were related to legitimate addresses and names, many of the supposed users claimed that they were not the ones who posted them.