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3/28/2017
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Two Israeli Youths May Be Charged for vDOS Operation

Israeli authorities prepare to accuse two 18-year-olds for the online attack service, which caused $1.65 million in losses.

Investigation into the vDOS service, allegedly operated by 18-year-old Israelis Yarden Bidani and Itay Huri, is nearly over. Israeli authorities are preparing to press charges of extortion and computer fraud against the two, KrebsOnSecurity reports. They were briefly arrested late 2016 after a KrebsOnSecurity report pointed them out as likely owners of the four-year-old cyberattack service.

Police allege that Bidani and Huri were responsible for causing damages worth $1.65 million. Krebs says that in just two years, the duo reportedly made over $600,000. At the time of their arrests last September, they had tens of thousands of customers and had carried out several million cyberattacks. User logs obtained by Krebs showed 150,000 attacks in less than three months.

Their defense lawyers claim Bidani and Huri were merely involved in providing "stresser" or "booter" services to customers who wanted to test their sites' ability to withstand cyberattacks. However, authorities consider such services to be illegal and last year, scores were arrested in the US and Europe on suspicion of using them.

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Felscream
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3/30/2017 | 9:17:05 AM
Re: vDOS?
vDOS was just the name they gave their service (obviously used in DoS/DDoS).
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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3/28/2017 | 8:32:38 PM
Re: Stresser and Booter Services
"... Lastly, even if some were legit services it only takes a few instances to get them locked up for years ..."

If it is not legit it would return form the first customer and then no way for them to find next one.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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3/28/2017 | 8:30:56 PM
How?
"... the duo reportedly made over $600,000. ..."

I am wondering how they made that much money, who paid them it the good question to ask I would say.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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3/28/2017 | 8:28:16 PM
Re: Stresser and Booter Services
"... a contractual agreement between the pen testers and the organization ..."

That makes sense, there would not be any reason for them to bring down the organization's network in that case.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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3/28/2017 | 8:26:21 PM
Re: Stresser and Booter Services
"...  stresser or booter ..."

It depends on what type of stresser or booter are they I assume.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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3/28/2017 | 8:25:23 PM
vDOS?
What is vDOS? I have not heard it, I am assuming it is not DDOS.

 
Felscream
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Felscream,
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3/28/2017 | 1:47:09 PM
Re: Stresser and Booter Services
That is what their defense is claiming, not that it is what actually took place.  Second, there would need to be a contractual agreement between the pen testers and the organization and I doubt money hungry 18 year olds would bother.  Lastly, even if some were legit services it only takes a few instances to get them locked up for years.
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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3/28/2017 | 10:24:07 AM
Stresser and Booter Services
Why would stresser or booter services be illegal if the customer had in fact requested them?
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