The attack, unleashed by a 400,000-strong Mirai-style botnet, may be the largest of its kind on record
First closing in on operators, now on users, as the hunt continues and law enforcement in many countries is about to swoop down on people who bought DDoS attacks on WebStresser
The timing of the attacks suggests that many attempts to take the networks offline may not necessarily be perpetrated by organized cybercriminal gangs
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The cast of characters behind the attacks, or their motives, are unclear. However, the onslaughts come at a time when the bitcoin price hits new highs, possibly triggering efforts on the part of cybercriminals to manipulate and cash in on the price.
Simple DoS attacks, which are a one-on-one affair, have been all but supplanted by DDoS attacks. The latter involve concerted campaigns from armies of devices conscripted into botnets which, as if lined up and marching in lockstep, aim to knock the unlucky target offline.