"This is a warning to all wannabee DDoS-ers - do not DDoS because through close law enforcement collaboration, we will identify you, bring you to court and facilitate that you will be held liable by the victims for the huge damage you cause", Gert Ras, the head of the National High Tech Crime Unit with Dutch National Police warned.
Through this DDoS marketplace, over 136,000 registered users and 4 million attacks have been measured as of April 2018.
Other targets have included government institutions and police forces, as well as victims in the gaming industry.
The Croatian police said they had cooperated with forces from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, Italy, Serbia, and Hong Kong in an global action where many helpers and users of the DDoS service were also arrested. "We need to collaborate as good as them with our worldwide partners to turn the table on these criminals and shut down their malicious cyberattacks", said Steven Wilson, Head of Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3). We aren't fighting against individual teenagers in their bedrooms, but an economic crime model that is very profitable.
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"Criminals are very good at collaborating, victimizing millions of users in a moment [from] anywhere in the world", Steven Wilson, the head of Europol's European Cybercrime Center, said in a statement Wednesday. "We need to collaborate as good as them with our global partners to turn the table on these criminals and shut down their malicious cyberattacks". He used his Facebook account to openly discuss his role in WebStresser, and his last post was on April 3rd (the day before Operation Power Off took place). Today, they are under arrest thanks to the cooperative effort of global law enforcement agencies.
Seven suspects behind the website were arrested or subject to searches in the Netherlands, UK, Canada, and other countries.
"Unfortunately, this service is neither a new proposition from criminals, nor is it likely to end with the takedown of webstresser.org", he said.
The arrested Croatian will be charged for criminal acts against computer systems.
Bromium CEO Gregory Webb says to continue the busting of these major cybercriminals, a shift in perspective is required. These platforms are improving the criminal "customer experience" and allowing easy access to services and products that support the commission of crime on a global scale. "By focusing on new methods of cybersecurity that protect rather than detect, we believe we can make cybercrime a lot harder".