Feds raid server farms in bid to root out PayPal DDoS perps

    Date30 Dec 2010
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    4086
    Posted ByAlex
    Federal investigators have seized servers allegedly abused to launch a denial of service attack against PayPal earlier this month. An affidavit obtained by the Smoking Gun contains testimony by federal agents convinced that systems at Texan hosting firm Tailor Made Services are likely to contain clues in the hunt for hacktivists who launched an attack against PayPal in response to its decision to freeze an account used by WikiLeaks. The suspension of the account followed the release of US diplomatic cables by the whistle blowing site.

    Volunteers were encouraged by members of the loosely bound Anonymous collective to download a tool to pepper the websites of financial firms who had turned their back on WikiLeaks - including MasterCard, Visa and Swiss bank PostFinance as well as PayPal - with junk traffic.

    FBI investigators are proceeding on the assumption that some used botnets of compromised machines in order to launch a more potent distributed denial of service attack against PayPal, knocking its corporate blog offline for at least several hours.

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