We are the Dutch National Police and the Public Prosecution Service. Together with International Law Enforcement Agencies we just powered off Webstresser.org. Ask Us Anything.
We are the Dutch National Police and Public Prosecution Service and we are here to answer questions about Operation Power Off.
We will answer questions in multiple time slots and on duty will be:
Comment signature Job title Times active SA1 Strategic advisor at the Dutch National Police 12:30 -- 18:00 (CEST) DA1 Data analyst at the Dutch National Police 12:30 -- 18:00 (CEST) DA2 Data analyst at the Dutch National Police 16:00 -- 18:00 (CEST) DI1 Digital Investigator @ Dutch National Police 18:00 -- 22:00 (CEST) DI2 Digital Investigator @ Dutch National Police 18:00 -- 22:00 (CEST) DI3 Digital Investigator @ Dutch National Police 10:00 -- 16:00 Apr. 26th (CEST) OS1 Operational Specialist @ Dutch National Police 10:00 -- 16:00 Apr. 26th (CEST) OS2 Operational Specialist @ Dutch National Police 10:00 -- 16:00 Apr. 26th (CEST)
OPERATION POWER OFF
Operation Power Off is an international collaboration between Law Enforcement Agencies aimed at the takedown of the infrastructure of Webstresser.org, the admins of the website and the customers of the website. Booters (or stressers) lower the threshold to commit DDoS attacks. Many (young) people commit serious cyber crime offences using booters against critical infrastructures worldwide. Around 6 million of these attacks have been ordered through Webstresser. The damage of these attacks is substantial. Victims are out of business for a period of time, and spend money on mitigation and on (other) security measures.
Besides The Netherlands, the countries involved are England, Scotland, Serbia, Croatia, The United States, Germany, Canada,Italy, Spain, Hong Kong and Australia. Europol and the Joint Cybercrime Task Force(J-CAT) supported the actions. The international partners had various roles inarresting administrators, performing house searches, taking down the website,and other actions that contributed to the investigation.
We will strive to answer everyone as complete and correct as possible, but keep in mind that we are an investigative body and thus cannot answer most questions concerning operative methods and procedures.
We are active on the following Twitter accounts:
And just sent out this Tweet as proof.
Ask Usalmost Anything!
Edit 0001: added direct link to proof + links to news items
We receive a lot of questions about job postings and working for the police in general. We have 10 regional cybercrime teams and one national High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU). Our cybercrime teams consist mainly but certainly not only of technical people or people with a police background. Our regional cybercrime teams and the NHTCU also include linguists, criminologists and people with other HBO/WO educations. Having a HBO/WO title is not necessary, your skill set is most important to us.
We are always looking for new talent! Feel free to have a look at our website or the IT-focussed part of the website for open job postings. The new Digital Intrusion Team (DIGIT) for example, is looking for legal hackers. The regional cyber crime teams will be opening up many job postings this year.
Edit 0011: added new colleagues
Alright everyone, we are done with our shift for now and it seems like we have answered most of the most upvoted questions. Thank you all on behalf of the "late team" and the colleagues who started the AMA for your interesting questions and positive engagement! Tomorrow 10:00 (CEST) our colleagues will have a look at new replies and questions to see if there are new and interesting questions to be answered; good night for now!
Good morning everyone, we are back to answer the last questions you might have. This time we have 1 digital investigator and 2 operational specialists available for you!
Dear people, it is 13:37 CEST. We guess we have answered almost anything about this Operation. The time has come to power off from Reddit. Thanks a lot for all of your questions which have been interesting, fun, and sometimes completely random. Of course we also want to thank Reddit for having us. Dutch National Police: out.