Cyber Crime

No prison for cyber criminal duo behind vDOS DDoS for hire service

The pair of cyber criminals have received six months of community service for running the infamous DDoS for hire service.

Itay Huri and Yarden Bidani, a duo of cybercriminals have been sentenced to six months of community service by an Israeli court for running DDoS for hire service allowing individuals to buy stresser used in DDoS attacks against websites and businesses of all scales.

Infamously known by the name of vDOS; the DDoS for hire service offered large-scale DDoS attacks to its customers. One of the suspected attacks was carried on KrebsOnSecurity, the official website of cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs which was hit by a 665 Gbps DDoS attack in September 2016.

The service worked on a monthly subscription basis allowing customers to use web stresser for $19.99 to $199.99. According to Brian Krebs, who has been following the case closely after the attack on his site, the duo earned over $600,000 in 2016.




 

What happened to vDOS – How Itay Huri and Yarden Bidani were arrested? 

In September 2016, vDOS suffered a data breach allowing hackers to leak a complete list of its customers online. This not only led to the demise of the service but also helped authorities track who ran the platform and arrested the culprits.

Since Huri and Badani both were 18 years at the time of arrest that answers why they got away from lengthy a prison sentence. However, their age does not justify the sentence as unsuspected customers had to suffer due to the service the cybercriminals duo provided to its customers.




 

According to the court documents [PDF] in the Hebrew language seen by Hackread.com,

Both defendants received the lowest possible sentence (the maximum was two years in prison) — six months of community service under the watch of the Israeli prison service — mainly because the accused were minors during the bulk of their offenses. The judge also imposed small fines on each, noting that more than $175,000 dollars worth of profits had already been seized from their booter business.

It is worth noting that one of the vDOS customers was John Kelsey Gammell, a 46-year-old man from Minneapolis, MN who used the DDoS for hire service to conduct DDoS attacks against his employer. As a result, Gammell was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

This, however, is not the first time when cybercriminals running DDoS for hire service have avoided a lengthy prison sentence. Last month, 20-year old Joseph Connolly of Banstead, Surrey, who ran SuperiorStresser DDoS-for-hire service received a suspended sentence for his crime.

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