A South Korean web hosting company that allegedly hosted an illegal gambling site is in hot water for launching a series of cyber attacks on competing online casinos in an attempt to snag business from them, according to an online poker site.
Lee, head of the computer server company, along with Park, a hacker working for an Incheon-based crime gang that ran the gambling site, are accused of launching DDoS attacks against 109 rival casino websites every day, OnlinePoker.net reported.
Another South Korea-based gang member also bought a list of 50,000 infected computers from Chinese criminals, which he then gave to Lee and Park to further spread malware.
The MO of the gang was to disrupt the operations of rival casino sites to force gamblers to seek other sites to wager on, namely their own, as well as coerce websites into using Lee’s company’s server.
Several members of the Korean crime network were arrested Jan. 9 in connection with the alleged incident. Commenting on the case, the prosecutor in charge said it is the first time a crime ring has hired a professional hacker, provided necessary equipment and made systematic DDoS attacks.