launching a denial of service attack for $200


I’ve written on this topic before. With a little motivation, practically anyone can launch a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack to take out a website (or an entire website hosting platform).

And it’s not very expensive. For $200 (according to a blog post published by Damballa, a company specializing in detecting and combating botnets) it’s possible to rent a network of 80,000-120,000 zombie machines for 24 hours. According to the (believable) figures listed on the site, you can launch attacks between 10 Gbps and 100 Gbps: enough to cause a lot of problems.

If you’re skeptical about what these DDoS “vendors” are capable of, no worries. Some will let you try out the service free for three minutes to give you an all-powerful “I rule the Web” rush. Key the evil mastermind music…


photo credit: © Denis Gladkiy -

Blog post originally published in French here.

Jean-François Audenard

Within Orange Group security management, I am in charge of security and ensures the inclusion of security in the life cycle of products and services. I am passionate about IT security and enjoy sharing this passion through videos, presentations and articles. Directness, optimism and cheerfulness are my daily-engines. If you have questions, ideas, proposals: you know where to find me! :-)