It's "a public service on a public connection to other public servers", the operator of RageBooter told Brian Krebs, and if sites don't like getting their socks knocked off in DDoS attacks, they should fix recursive DNS and default DNS server settings.
Oh, and yes, he says, he not only cooperates with the FBI, he works with them. He's busy on Tuesdays around 1 p.m., so try later if you need to to launch an attack.
Graham Cluley argues that it's not cool, or funny, to hack into companies, expose the private information of members of the general public, and to launch denial of service attacks.
Four members of the notorious LulzSec hacking gang, who attacked websites belonging to the likes of the CIA, the NHS and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), are due to be sentenced by the UK authorities.
A 35-year-old Dutch national, officially identified only as S.K., was arrested in Spain on Thursday.
He is accused of DDoS attacks against Spamhaus and others.
Who is S.K., do you think?
The largest recorded DDoS attack has been ongoing for over eight days now, causing slowdowns and errors throughout the internet. Is this a one time scenario or does this expose a greater weakness in the world's largest network?
It's that time of the week again - here's your roundup of everything we wrote in the last seven days.
Brian Krebs was the victim of a caller ID spoof that resulted in armed police surrounding his house. He's pretty sure about the criminal element responsible and has linked the perpetrator(s) to a denial-of-service attack against Ars Technica following its report of Krebs's ordeal.
Four young Englishmen who went on an Anonymous rampage back in 2010 weren't as anonymous as they might have hoped.
They were traced, identified and arrested...now two of them are on their not-so-anonymous way to prison.
A 20-year-old British man will appear in court next month, charged with attempting to bring down the websites of Oxford and Cambridge universities.
He meant to promote his anti-DDoS kit by shedding light on poor internet security at the Hong Kong stock exchange, but his two brief DDoS attacks instead wound up costing him his freedom for the better part of a year.
HSBC has successfully recovered from a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack which saw a number of its websites brought down, making it impossible for customers to use internet banking services.
Earth Day really did make a difference - at least in the world of internet security.
That's one of the conclusions revealed in a paper presented today at the Virus Bulletin (VB2012) conference in Dallas, Texas.
US Sen. Joe Lieberman says people in the know are tracing the attacks to the government's cyber army and theorizes that the DDoSes are retaliation for economic sanctions and/or Stuxnet.
Today Go Daddy, the worlds largest domain name registrar, was unavailable for over four hours in the middle of the North American working day. Was it a malicious hacker or simple a colossal infrastructure failure?