In August this year we posted about the DDoS arranged by the owner of FooNet on request by Jay R. Echouafni.
CIT/FooNet was a well known web and IRC hosting company based in Powell, Ohio. Echouafni allegedly paid the owner of FooNet Paul Ashley $1000,- USD for staging a DDoS attack against two competitors of him. The FBI took custody of the servers of FooNet in February this year in an investigation of the events.
Jay R. Echouafni was released on bail and it is believed he has fled to Morocco. As a reaction the FBI put Echouafni on the most wanted list.
“On August 25, 2004, Echouafni was indicted by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles in connection with the first successful investigation of a large-scale distributed denial of service attack (DDOS) used for a commercial purpose in the United States”, the wanted page of the FBI states.
The investigation is the first large scale investigation to a DDoS attack by the FBI. It is believed the losses by the attacked companies range from $200,000 to over $1 million USD.