Although Europol closed down several DDoS services in cooperation with the Dutch police last year, it seems that there are still many problems to be solved. According to a recent statement issued by the Dutch law enforcement agency, 15 DDoS (distributed denial of service) websites have been shut down in the past week. The Dutch police said they collaborated with Europol, Interpol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), hosting service providers and registrars to remove the threat website.
Some of these sites will restart the new domain name, the police said they are ready to respond to this immediately. In addition to taking action, the police also arrested people related to the DDoS attacks on official information access and file portals MijnOveheid.nl and Overheid.nl targeting US citizens. By March 19, 2020, these sites were bombarded with junk data traffic. At the critical moment of the COVID-19 outbreak, citizens could not access them.
The police claimed that most of the DDoS attacks that occurred were carried out by young people who were bored or were looking for challenges. Then, they enjoyed the propaganda of their behavior and felt that they had made remarkable achievements. However, there is no age-related mitigating factor in this behavior, because during periods such as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, disrupting the availability of critical websites is extremely destructive to companies and organizations and poses risks to many people. This is why the FBI, Interpol, and Europol are all involved in dealing with this issue because they all agree on its importance. If an actor manages to cancel your online service through DDoS, they may also steal data and access your backend and factory load. The only way to prevent these catastrophic attacks is to take appropriate security measures against them.
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