DOJ Seizes 15 Internet Domains Associated With DDoS-for-Hire Services

Today’s topics include the Justice Department shutting down 15 DDoS-for-hire sites, and Microsoft adding an extension pack on Visual Studio.

In late December, the U.S Justice Department announced that it had seized 15 internet domains associated with distributed denial of service-for-hire services and filed criminal charges against those involved.

The DoJ also filed multiple criminal charges against those alleged to be operating the sites, one of which was associated with more than 200,000 DDoS attack attempts between October 2014 and November 2018.

According to Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski, “DDoS attacks are serious crimes that can cause real harm, as shown by the wide range of sectors allegedly victimized in this case. The operators and the customers of DDoS-for-hire services should be on notice that the Department of Justice will aggressively prosecute those who perpetrate malicious cyber attacks."

Now available on Microsoft Visual Studio is the Extensibility Essentials 2019 pack, which developers can use to make it easier to create the specific extensions they need for their workflows. The nine extensions included so far can be installed together or used individually to give developers additional tools that can help with their own extension work, according to Mads Kristensen, senior program manager on the Visual Studio Extensibility team.

The first collection of extensions has been published to the Visual Studio Marketplace and made available to developers for free using a unified and simple installation experience.

The nine tools included initially are VSIX Synchronizer, Insert Guid, Image Optimizer, Command Explorer, Registry Explorer, KnownMonikers Explorer, Clean MEF Component Cache, VSCT IntelliSense and Image Manifest Tools.