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Black Hat: Taking Apart a Booter Operation

A security researcher speaking at the Black Hat conference last week has exposed the malicious underworld of Booter services that offers paying customers distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack capabilities on demand.

Lance James, chief scientist at Vigilant, explained to eWEEK that he got pulled into an investigation into the world of Booter services by his friend, security blogger Brian Krebs. Krebs had been the victim of a Booter service attack and was looking for some answers.

"Basically a Booter is a Web-based service that does DDoS for hire at very low prices and is very hard to take down," James said. "They are marketed toward script kiddies, and many DDoS attacks that have been in the news have been done via these services."

Read the full story at eWeek:
How Do Booters Work? Inside a DDoS for Hire Attack

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.