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Websites attack: Six arrested in Britain

| | 29 Aug 2015, 09:13 am
London, Aug 29 (IBNS): British authorities have arrested six people as part of an operation targeting users of hacking group Lizard Squad's Lizard Stresser tool, software that allowed users to pay to take websites offline for up to eight hours at a time, country's National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.

The tool worked by using  Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, which flood web servers or websites with massive amounts of data, leaving them  inaccessible to users, read the nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk.

The NCA, officers from various police forces and Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCUs) were involved in the operation.

"Those arrested are suspected of maliciously deploying Lizard Stresser, having bought the tool using alternative payment services such as Bitcoin in a bid to remain anonymous. Organisations believed to have been targeted by the suspects include a leading national newspaper, a school, gaming companies and a number of online retailers," read the website.

Tony Adams, Head of Investigations at the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit, said, "By paying a comparatively small fee, tools like Lizard Stresser can cripple businesses financially and deprive people of access to important information and public services.

"“This multi-agency operation illustrates the commitment of the NCA and its partners to pursuing people who think they can criminally disrupt important public services or legitimate businesses," Adams said.
 

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