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US Authorities Seize Domains Selling Stolen Data, DDoS Services

WeLeakInfo seized by US authorities

US law enforcement agencies this week announced the seizure of three domains that sold compromised personal information and facilitated cyberattacks on victim networks.

The domains – weleakinfo.to, ipstress.in, and ovh-booter.com – were taken down as part of a coordinated operation, in which the National Police Corps of the Netherlands and the Federal Police of Belgium arrested the main suspect, searched several locations, and seized the underlying infrastructure. The identity of the suspect hasn’t been revealed.

The weleakinfo.to domain claimed to provide access to seven billion records containing personal information such as names, phone numbers, usernames, email addresses, and passwords, allegedly obtained from more than 10,000 data breaches.

The site offered a search engine that supposedly allowed users to review and obtain the stolen personal information. Interested individuals could purchase subscriptions to access the indexed information, which allowed them to perform unlimited searches for specific time periods.

The seizure of this domain comes roughly two years after the FBI and the US Department of Justice took control of the internet domain name weleakinfo.com, which provided a similar service.

The ipstress.in and ovh-booter.com websites were offering distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack services, where users could pay to have specific networks or sites targeted in attacks meant to take them down or render them inaccessible to legitimate users.

“With execution of the warrant, the seized domain names – weleakinfo.to and the related domains – are now in the custody of the federal government, effectively suspending the website’s operation,” the FBI and DoJ announced this week.

Individuals who attempt to visit the seized websites will find a banner informing them that federal authorities are now controlling the domains.

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