The closure of a major online marketplace for paid distributed denial-of-service attacks appears to have done little to slow down the illegal activity.

In late October, shut down its “Server Stress Testing” section, amid concerns that hackers were peddling DDoS-for-hire services through the site for as little as US$10 a month.

According to security experts, the section was the largest open marketplace for paid DDoS attacks — a notorious hacking technique that can disrupt access to internet services or websites. But since the section’s closure, the attacks remain rampant.

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DDoS-for-hire services thrive despite closure of major marketplace