Europol: Police crackdown on DDoS-for-hire services nets 34 suspects plaguing websites across globe

An international law enforcement crackdown on users of cheap, widely-accessible cybercrime tools that can knock websites offline with ease has resulted in 34 arrests and 101 cautions around the world, with many of the suspects “young adults under the age of 20.”

The operation, which had different titles in various jurisdictions, ran from 5-9 December and targeted individuals suspected of paying for distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) services which can be purchased for as little as £4 on the Dark Web.

Europol, the police force of the European Union (EU), which co-ordinated the joint operation with agents from the FBI and the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), said police aimed to deter youth into wading into the world of cybercrime by using arrests, warnings and fines.

In the UK, 12 people were arrested as part of the NCA operation – codenamed Operation

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