By John Leyden
17th November 2008
Unidentified miscreants have launched a denial of service attack on a
UK-based anti-fraud website.
Bobbear.co.uk, which fights money laundering by warning about groups
attempting to recruit mules, was left unreachable on Monday after coming
under a distributed denial of service attack. Net security firm Sophos
reports that the site was taken out by an assault from a botnet of
compromised PCs that began late on Sunday. The timing of the assault
coincides with the launch of Get Safe Online week in the UK.
It's pretty clear that Russian criminals are behind the attack and it is
still continuing, site admin Bob Harrison told El Reg. "Undoubtedly it
is simply a response to the work I do in highlighting the mainly Russian
money laundering and reshipping frauds that are currently plaguing the
internet and wrecking the lives of innumerable victims."
Harrison has reported the attack to the Met's computer crime unit and to
Russian domains linked to the assault, more details of which can be
found here .
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