Two Israeli Teens Arrested for Running Major DDoS Service
vDOS was an online service that helped carry out distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against websites. The business allowed buyers to choose from various subscription options that specified how many seconds the attacks would run for. For their services, the pair reportedly earned over $600,000, chiefly through Bitcoin.
vDOS was reportedly responsible for a majority of the DDoS attacks across the world
Krebs had written about the pair last week after he received a copy of vDOS’s database earlier this summer. In his article, he alleged that the outfit was responsible for "majority of the DDoS attacks clogging up the Internet over the past few years." The pair allegedly helped to coordinate over 277 million seconds worth of attack time between April and July 2016. Shortly after posting the report, Krebs’ own site came under a major DDoS attack.
Uncovering the identity of the pair was not difficult. The service prohibited attacks against websites originating from Israel, while their customer service feature on their website would ping the site’s administrators directly with a text message, including the two owners. Additionally, the site’s email domain was directly registered to one of the owners.
It’s unclear what will happen next for the business, which went offline on Friday. Its owners are currently under house arrest in Israel.