Sep 122016

After security journalist Brian Krebs exposed the DDoS-for-hire service, vDOS, and the alleged owners of the service Yarden Bidani and Itay Huri were arrested, a massive attack was launched against the Krebs on Security site.

Last Thursday, Krebs wrote about vDOS and the two 18-year-old Israeli hackers, running the DDoS attack service. In the past two years, the duo launched over 150,000 attacks and made at least $618,000. vDOS had been hacked and Krebs had obtained a copy of the vDOS database.

vDOS had paying subscribers with the cost depending upon how many seconds the DDoS attack lasted. Krebs reported, “In just four months between April and July 2016, vDOS was responsible for launching more than 277 million seconds of attack time, or approximately 8.81 years’ worth of attack traffic.”

Shortly after Kreb’s investigative article started hitting the news, Yarden Bidani and Itay Huri were arrested by Israel police in connection with an FBI investigation into the DDoS-for-hire service. After the two handed over their passports, they were released on bond, placed on house arrest and banned from using any electronic communications for 30 days.

The Marker, an Israeli news site, reported yesterday that both men had been arrested. They have since been released on $10,000 bonds and placed under house arrest. Their passports have been taken away and they are forbidden from accessing the internet or any other telecommunications equipment for 30 days.

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Sep 102016

Some people might be wondering why a hashtag to do with Paypal has been blowing up on twitter in the last two days. The #PayPal4Palestine hashtag has been making waves on social media after 43 companies and organizations in Palestine published an open letter to Paypal asking for the payment platform to work there. The move came only after PayPal ignored their requests for a formal meeting.


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Sep 082016

Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and William J. Bratton, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), announced the filing of a federal criminal complaint charging SHIMEN LIEBOWITZ and AHARON GOLDBERG


with conspiring to kidnap and murder an individual in order to obtain a religious divorce for that individual’s wife.  LIEBOWITZ and GOLDBERG were arrested yesterday in Central Valley, New York, while meeting to plan the kidnapping and murder.  They will be presented later today before Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman in federal court in Manhattan.

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