The FBI seized 15 internet domains associated with DDoS-for-hire services and announced criminal charges against three individuals charged with operating the platforms.

On Dec. 19 the FBI seized the domains of 15 “booter” services, named as such because they result in “booting” or dropping the targeted sites from the internet, that allowed paying users to launch DDoS attacks against financial institutions, universities, internet service providers, government systems, and various gaming platforms, according to a Dec. 20 DoJ press release.

DDoS for hire services such as these pose a significant national threat,” U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder.  “Coordinated investigations and prosecutions such as these demonstrate the importance of cross-District collaboration and coordination with public sector partners.”

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