By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
December 30, 2010
Authorities in the U.S. and Germany have raided Internet Service
Providers in hopes of tracking down the hackers who launched distributed
denial of service (DDoS) attacks against Web sites such as Visa.com,
PayPal.com, and Mastercard.com earlier this month.
In documents posted Wednesday to the Smoking Gun Web site, the U.S.
Federal Bureau of Investigation describes the complex path its
investigation has taken as it has searched for the computers that served
as a central meeting point for the attacks.
After Germany's Federal Criminal Police raided service provider Host
Europe, they linked one of he IRC servers to Dallas's Tailor Made
Services, the documents state. Two hard drives were seized from Dallas's
Tailor Made Services on Dec. 16, the Smoking Gun reports. Another IRC
server has been traced to Fremont, California's Hurricane Electric.
Neither Hurricane Electric nor Tailor Made Services could be reached
immediately for comment Thursday.
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