RankMyHack mulls dedicated DoS access

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RankMyHack mulls dedicated DoS access

Gives grunt to hacktivism.

The new owner of hacking leaderboard website RankMyHack is mulling a denial of service (DoS) offering that would access to dedicated servers for use in attacks on other sites.

The service would provide paid access to shells uploaded to dedicated servers that could be used in unison to flood target sites with traffic.

Site owner Brad Andrews said the servers would make current DDoS attacks more powerful.

"You would have a webserver 'connect' to all these shells and tell them to send multiple packets to a designated IP address. This will flood the IP's server with packets usually causing it to go offline," Andrews said.

"Because it’s on a dedicated server, its strength is thoroughly improved and because I own the dedicated server, the chances of losing a shell are lessened by over 90 percent.

"This shell would also be coded so it would spoof the IP from which the packets are sent so the server being DDoSed has almost no chance of mitigating or stopping the DDoS from taking place."

Andrews said he created the 'DDoS Project' because of his interest in hacktivism and to generate revenue for the hacking website.

“I feel [DDoS is] not technically 'illegal' because it’s an online form of protesting," he said.

RankMyHack, which allows users to earn bounties for hacking specific sites, became infamous days after its launch late last year.

The site has itself been the subject of attacks, with one user exploiting the site's profile picture upload function to deface the site.

A week later, it was hacked again through a site co-located on its shared hosting service. The hacker renamed all users to “kiddis” and wreaked havoc on the server.

Andrews bought the site for £400 ($AU629) recently, and has since fixed a string of vulnerabilities.

He is currently developing a user forum for the site.

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