Pro tip: If you’re planning to launch a debilitating denial-of-service attack against your former employer, try not to “like” the Facebook page of the DDoS-for-hire Web service that you intend to use in the assault.
Tell that to Kevin Courtois
, a 28-year-old from Three Rivers, Quebec who was arrested
earlier this year for allegedly launching a volley of cyber attacks against his former company over a nine month period beginning in May 2012. Courtois did not respond to requests for comment.
Courtois’s former employer — Concepta Inc
., an information security firm based in his hometown — was not the only one suffering from attacks. The assaults — which ranged in size from a few gigabits per second to up to 10 gbps — grew so large that they began significantly affecting Concepta’s Internet service provider – another Three Rivers company called Xittel
. Eventually, the attacks shifted to targeting Xittel directly.