Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, which effect the operation of websites and demand ransoms to back off, have become a major problem for online gambling operators but there may be a glimmer of hope on the horizon.
The security publication CSO Online published a report regarding enforcement agency EuroPol and its law enforcement’s actions in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany and the UK in December, which resulted in the arrest of two people involved in the DDOS group DD4BC, also known as DDoS 4 Bitcoin.
Police have been investigating incidences over the course of 18 months involving various targeted online sectors.
A statement revealed that an international police operation, known as Op Pleiades, raided members of DD4BC in Bosnia and Herzegovina back in December. Arrests and evidence seizures resulted from the raids.
The statement also says that DD4BC has been focusing on "pseudonymous payment mechanisms" and is believed to be responsible for a string of extortion campaigns involving Bitcoins since 2014.
"DD4BC primarily targeted the online gambling industry, but has recently broadened their activity to the financial services and entertainment sector as well as other high-profile companies," EuroPol said.
"Businesses that pay the ransom to the blackmailers risk appearing vulnerable and being targeted again for a higher amount."
Deputy director operations at EuroPol, Wil van Gemert, explains that the Op Pleiades success is a great example of why incident reporting and information sharing among law enforcement and the victims/targets of DDoS attacks is critical.