Other Methods of the RBN - Denial of Service
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In our previous article in this series, Michael Lowry discussed the different types of denial attacks. It should be known that the Russian Business Network uses them all, and often in imaginative ways. Using the thousands (possibly up to a million by some counts) of zombie PCs at their command, they will, for a fee of course, strike out at your enemies, disabling their networks and shutting down their sites. They have been known to do this to people they consider their enemies as well.
You may well remember the DoS attack that shut down the country of Estonia last year. Many believe that this attack was perpetrated by the RBN after a statue of a Russian war hero was to be taken down in the small country. The nations banks, schools, and Prime Minister's website were all taken offline.
In a more ingenious method, the hackers at RBN search the web for webmasters discussing DoS prevention in forums, and then launch an attack against them. Shortly thereafter, they will contact the company promising to protect them from such attacks for a measly sum of $2,000 per month.
Reportedly, the RBN frequently employs this method against “fringe” sites, that are borderline illegal, knowing that no reports will be filed with government agencies.
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