What Does Booter Mean?

In the world of IT security, a booter is a type of service that delivers distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks for customers. It is a frightening part of the black hat world of cyber warfare that security professionals are concerned about. Booting can be used against nearly any website to deliver pressure that can have many adverse results.


Booters are also known as booter services.

Techopedia Explains Booter

One way that security professionals talk about booter services is that they are often used by "script kiddies" – relatively unskilled hackers who may have initiatives and goals related to cyberattacks, but do not have the resources of a larger shop or service. Booter services may market their services to these individuals and help them to attack an online target. Security professionals explain that booter services often have a web front end that is the "control panel" for launching the attacks – the back end is often remotely located and disconnected, in part so that the ISP has "plausible deniability" – however, successful defenses show that if the origin of the booter service and the DDoS attack can be isolated, these types of attacks can be neutralized.


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