34 Teenage DDoS users arrested in an Europol Operation

cybercrime crackdown, What the Hack

Teenage DDoS users arrested in an Europol Operation. An international police operation involving 12 countries 34 alleged suspected users of DDoS tools and interrogated other 101 suspects.

The operation took place from 5 December to 9 December 2016 involving authorities from Europol and law enforcement authorities from Australia, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, the United States and other European countries.

The law enforcement agencies, in their operation, targeted suspects of availing DDoS-as-a-Service to launch attack against the targeted websites. The majority of the suspects were male teenagers under the age of 20 who got arrested and interrogated.

In a statement, Europol said “The individuals arrested are suspected of paying for services to deploy malicious software to launch DDoS attacks, which flood websites and web servers with massive amount of data, leaving them out-of-the-way to legitimate users”.

“The software’s used are part of the criminal ‘DDoS for hire’ facilities for which hackers can pay and aim it at targets at their choosing,” they added.

Europol sees the successful operation as a beginning of a prevention campaign in order to raise awareness among youth of the risk that is involved in cybercrime.

“Many IT enthusiasts knowingly or unknowingly get involved in cybercrime activities from a young age, unaware of the consequences that such crimes carry,” says head of Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre.

“Many do it for fun without knowing the magnitudes of their actions, but the consequences can be severe and have a negative impact on their future prospects,” the head added.