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Israeli Police Arrest Owners of vDos DDoS-for-Hire Service

2016-09-11 06:15

Israeli police arrested on Thursday two 18-year-olds, Itay Huri and Yarden Bidani, the alleged owners of a DDoS-for-Hire service named vDos, recently exposed by infosec journalist Brian Krebs.

According to local newspaper TheMarker, police released both on a $10,000 bond on Friday, prohibiting both from using their computers and phones.

On the same day, massive DDoS attacks targeted the website of Brian Krebs. The journalist says that some packets had an embedded message that read "GoDieFaggot." Krebs tweeted that the attacks initially reached 20 Gbps, then grew to 128 Gbps, and peaked at 140 Gbps.

The two were arrested after an FBI investigation

Another Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, claims the two were arrested following a tip-off from the FBI. Krebs confirmed the information on his site, saying that the two were indeed under an FBI investigation.

While conducting business as vDos owners, Itay Huri used the P1st nickname, while Yarden Bidani was known as AppleJ4ck.

A Twitter account for a man named Yarden Bidani using the @AppleJ4ck_vDos username sent out two tweets on March 7, 2015, claiming he launched a DDoS attack against the Pentagon website.

One of the tweets featured a daring message that read "@FBI http://dns-pub-01-u.pentagon.mil  #DDOSED arrest me pussies."

vDos website down after BGP hijacking

The vDos website is down since Friday. According to Krebs, this happened because a company named BackConnect Security had performed a BGP hijack. A BGP hijack is a technique used to tell other routers on the Internet that an IP can be found on your network, when it's not.

BackConnect Security told Krebs they were under a massive 200 Gbps DDoS attack and that they received an email from vDos claiming responsibility for the incident. As such, the company performed a BGP hijack for the IPs Krebs published in his original report, hijacking the vDos servers from under the attackers' feet.

Krebs wrote about vDos after an anonymous source sent him a database dump from the service's backend. Krebs and CloudFlare recently published the entire vDos attack log.

Victims of mysterious DDoS attacks can download this text file and search for their site's domain or IP address.

AppleJ4ck's Twitter account
AppleJ4ck's Twitter account

Source: ths.571805-ecivres-erih-rof-sodd-sodv-fo-srenwo-tserra-ecilop-ilearsi/swen/moc.aideptfos.swen

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