According to Daniel Krebs an independent security researcher, hackers have started contending among themselves openly by providing DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) services that can help in causing websites to collapse. Signalnews reported this on August 2, 2011.
Apparently, several secret forums exist on which subscribers canvass their skills for carrying out devastating DDoS assaults in return for a payment.
Krebs writes that all services for distributed denial-of-service assault are priced an identical value, with the mean price charged for deactivating an Internet site astonishingly affordable. The prices for DDoS attack services are $5-$10 every hour; $40-$50 daily; $350 to $400 every week; and $1,200 and above every month. InfoSecurity published this on August 2, 2011.
Moreover, for their assaults, the hackers chiefly utilize botnets, while ignorant operators of computers remain unaware that they’ve gotten contaminated with malware as also being controlled remotely. A certain DDoS attackers’ gang canvasses a DIY (do-it-yourself) DDoS toolkit that explains how users can effortlessly assemble their own bot-infected PCs to create a network, which’s complete with an administration panel that’s Web-based to be utilized for remotely monitoring and regulating the compromised PCs i.e. the bots.
A particular Russian gang estimates that 15-30 bots are required for destabilizing small-sized websites, 250-280 for medium-sized ones and 750 to 800 for big websites. If the websites are still larger then 2,000 to 2,500 bots can cripple DDoS safeguards on them, while 15,000 to 20,000 bots can crash nearly all web-pages despite any number of security precautions on them.
Overall, services of DDoS attacks are available for sale pertaining to websites of the above sizes. These attacks are executed via botnets i.e. networks of malware-infected PCs. When contaminated, an average computer operator mayn’t be aware that his PC has been converted into a zombie under a hacker’s control and being used for a DDoS.
Krebs writes that one DDoS gangsters’ group, which has been around for no less than 3-years, has a DIY DDoS toolkit for sale, teaching how one can make his own network of bots, while the kit contains one bot builder along with an admin panel that’s web-based.