Push to Tackle Online 'Booter' Services

Teenagers are behind many of the web attacks that cripple websites and knock people offline, suggests an FBI study.

Presented at the Black Hat security conference the study scrutinised so-called "booter" services that carry out denial of service attacks.
The study investigated how attacks were carried out and sought to identify their operators.

It comes soon after work by payment firms and security researchers to make it harder to run booters.

The services got the name of "booter" because initially they were used by gamers to knock opponents off line who had bettered them in an online battle, said FBI special agent Elliott Peterson. 

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