Unlike the old days, these days using the computer is no major hassle thanks to advancements in technology. Unfortunately with the good comes the bad as well. There are so many good users and bad users over the internet today. Focusing on the bad users, the internet is faced with its own special breed of criminals. One part of this breed of criminals is the DDoS attackers. What makes this breed even more notorious is the fact that they can cause major havoc to a website or online business with a simple click or two of the button.
So how to such attacks come about? As long as you know where to look, it doesn’t matter if your technology skills are laughable, you are able to make such attacks thanks to the availability of IP stressors on the black market. IP stressers or booters are programs used in launching the attacks.
The booter or stresser works in such a way that a users’ access to a given website is disrupted to the point that no real activity is allowed to happen. With these tools or programs, a user (legitimate user) is denied access to a given website thus crippling the site’s normal internet activities.
There are a number of reasons why attacks choose to do what they do. Some are for personal reason while others may be for business reasons. Below you will find three of the most common cause of DDoS attacks:
- DDoS attacks may be carried out in protest of what a given business or website has to offer. It can be carried out when the attacker wishes to make their point heard or criticize whatever the business or website has to offer. Think of these breed of attackers like real-life protesters on the street fighting for one cause or the next.
- Most attackers who prefer leasing or renting a booter simply wish to vandalize the target business or website. Such individuals find their IP stresser from the black market and proceed to use the same for vandalizing.
- Last but not least, extortion is what drives some attackers to launch a DDoS attack. In most cases, when a website or business owner is faced with the threat of a DDoS attack, giving in to the extortion demands are in most cases seen as the best choice if normal internet activities are to be maintained with no attacks.
Besides the three reasons mentioned above, there are other reasons why attackers may decide to launch a DDoS attack on a given website, business, or institution. For example, the attacker may decide to launch a personal attack following their past experience with the given website, business or institute. The attack may also be launched by completion in order to disrupt another business’s internet activities.
The bottom line is, no matter the reason for the attack, it is important to note that such activities are illegal in the eyes of the law.
This is a guest post by my good friend and ex-hacking buddy, Jeremy Ab-dul. He and I worked on a variety of projects in our college days. He now operates Cloud Booter which provides a wide range of IP Stresser services. For more information, check out his website at cloudbooter.com. I asked him to write a blog post since I believe it would be useful for the web designers and website owners in my audience to hear why they do it so they may prepare and learn how to further secure their websites as these attacks begin to become more prominent.