September 29, 2023

A well-liked bulletproof internet hosting platform was taken down by authorities within the U.S. and Poland this week, marking the newest effort to restrict the nameless entry cybercriminals need to vital instruments.

As early as Tuesday, the <Lolek>Hosted web site confirmed a banner from the FBI and IRS.

“This area has been seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Inside Income Service – Prison Investigation as a part of a coordinated regulation enforcement motion taken in opposition to Lolek Hosted,” the banner stated.

Different members within the operation have been the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace for the Center District of Florida and the Laptop Crime and Mental Property Part of the Division of Justice, the businesses stated. There additionally was “substantial help” by two Polish authorities: the Regional Prosecutor’s Workplace in Katowice and the Central Bureau for Combating Cybercrime in Krakow.

An IRS spokesperson confirmed that the takedown banner was an official seizure discover.

The FBI declined to touch upon the discover, and Polish authorities didn’t reply to requests for remark.

Hosted is a broadly used bulletproof internet hosting supplier primarily based in the UK that has operated since 2009, working from a datacenter in Europe. The location is closely featured in informational articles about nameless internet hosting platforms.

Bulletproof internet hosting companies flip a blind eye to the content material that prospects submit and promise to guard their identities. The businesses are recognized for renting IP addresses, servers and domains to criminals for disseminating malware, forming botnet armies and finishing up different duties associated to fraud and cyberattacks.

In recent times, U.S. authorities have made some extent of going after the individuals behind bulletproof internet hosting companies, extraditing these concerned and handing out prolonged sentences.

In June, the U.S. Justice Division sentenced 39-year-old Mihai Ionut Paunescu to 3 years in federal jail for his position in serving to run bulletproof internet hosting service PowerHost[.]ro.

Russian nationwide Aleksandr Grichishkin was handed a five-year sentence in 2021 for founding and working a bulletproof internet hosting firm whereas Pavel Stassi, 30, of Estonia, and Aleksandr Shorodumov, 33, of Lithuania, have been each sentenced to greater than two years in jail for operating a bulletproof internet hosting group that helped launch assaults in opposition to U.S. targets between 2009 and 2015.

Final 12 months a 33-year-old Illinois native additionally was sentenced for proudly owning and working two DDoS facilitation web sites — and — that additionally offered bulletproof server internet hosting to prospects.

Daryna Antoniuk contributed to this story.

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Jonathan Greig

Jonathan Greig is a Breaking Information Reporter at Recorded Future Information. Jonathan has labored throughout the globe as a journalist since 2014. Earlier than shifting again to New York Metropolis, he labored for information retailers in South Africa, Jordan and Cambodia. He beforehand coated cybersecurity at ZDNet and TechRepublic.