The FBI has arrested two teenagers in connection with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against a New Jersey sporting goods firm.
18 year old Jason Arabo of Michigan and a 17 year old from Edison were collared last week after a four-month investigation.
Jersey-Joe’s website www.jersey-joe.com was flooded with requests, disabling the business. It’s owner, Gary Chiacco, contacted police claiming he’d lost thousands of dollars as a result of the attack.
“A series of attacks on the website was generated by compromising computers throughout the world with a virus, then directing the infected computers to send the victim companies trillions of packets of data every hour. Working with the FBI and the Division of Criminal Justice, detectives were able to duplicate the virus and track the source to the juvenile, then to Arabo in Michigan,” said the New Jersey Office of the Attorney general in a statement.
The incident occurred in October 2004 after Arabo, a competitor of Jersey-Joe, hired the 17 year old to attack his rivals website. Arabo hoped to increase his own business revenue as a result.
In January SC reported a Scottish man was arrested in joint operation between Scottish police and the US Secret Service. It is believed the 27 year old conducted a DDoS attack from his remote location in Elgin, Scotland.