tech2 News StaffDec 31, 2014 17:18:35 IST
Lizard Squad, the hacking group that took down PSN and Xbox Live has started selling its distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack tool. A DDoS attack is a method to overload a server with requests and eventually make its network or machine unavailable for its users. With this tool called 'Lizard Stresser' anyone can take down a website or an online service.
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Now, why would someone need it to take down a network, but Lizard Squad is marketing the service as a stress tester that a company may require to test its security services.
Interestingly, the terms of services jotted down by Lizard Squad read, "Permission is granted to stress test dedicated servers and networks owned by you. This is the opportunity [sic] to make your firewalls better, not to misuse against the law. This is a license given to you and anything you do while on http://lizardstresser.su/ is your own responsibility as we are not liable."
Gizmodo points out, "To ensure liability falls on you, the user, and not Lizard Squad, the Lizard Stresser service apparently prevents you from using virtual private networks to conceal your identity and location." Considering Lizard Stresser is open to anyone who is willing to pay, it could be quite a dangerous tool.
Tools for DDoS attacks aren't something new and available on hacking forums, but Lizard Squad is clearly cashing on its recent popularity of taking down giant gaming networks. It is offering eight packages that range from $6 per month for taking down a site for 100 seconds to $130/month for taking down a site for over eight hours. It is also offering lifetime options ranging from $30 to $500.
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