Distributed denial of service attacks have become a huge issue in the online community. In the past these tools were used to test the network capacity of companies and servers. Their usage originated as an ethical tool for genuine testing. These tools have now become malicious with only bad intentions.
DDoS attacks are now largely performed online in video games. One of the easiest ways to win your game is to simply boot the other players out of the game so that they have no chance of winning since they are no longer connected to the internet. This is also highly illegal and performing a DDoS attack with a booter is highly illegal. The chances of you being caught are very low. These stresser tools use spoofed attacks which display a different Internet address and you end up leaving your target nulled without a way to track the perpetrator. These DDoS for hire services also rarely get shut down and the government does little to prevent them from existing. These services are also very cheap, some as low as five dollars for a month of access.
These tools have also been used to attack competitor sites. If you are a company then chances are you have a competitor that you wish didn’t exist. With the usage of one of these tools they won’t and you are able to take them off the internet indefinitely. When they try to access the site it either won’t load or it will display an error. The administrators of the site only have the choice to purchase some sort of DDoS mitigation service like Cloudflare. These services work by having all the traffic be routed to their servers instead of the hosting server. Your internet address is hidden from the attack and when they attempt to look it up they will be given the Cloudflare IP. Even though these services are effective they are also costly and most people can’t afford them. If you are a larger company and your business is primarily online you should invest in one of these mitigation services because they are absolutely necessary to stop DDoS attacks.