DDoS-for-hire services thrive despite closure of major marketplace
The closure of a major online marketplace for paid distributed denial-of-service attacks appears to have done little to slow down the illegal activity.
In late October, HackForums.net shut down its "Server Stress Testing" section, amid concerns that hackers were peddling DDoS-for-hire services through the site for as little as US$10 a month.
According to security experts, the section was the largest open marketplace for paid DDoS attacks -- a notorious hacking technique that can disrupt access to internet services or websites. But since the section's closure, the attacks remain rampant.