Dutch authorities have issued a final warning to more than a dozen customers of a DDoS website, informing them that ongoing cybercrime is leading to prosecution.
The letters from the Dutch Police are intended to reduce crime in cyberspace and in guiding offenders to legal alternatives to improve their skills.
On Monday, 29 Dutch nationals received letters from police informing them that their criminal activity had been recorded and that future offenses could lead to a conviction.
All the people were his customers minesearch.rip, a start up site that offered customers the ability to launch DDoS attacks against targets of their choice.
Police learned of the users' activity after they began searching the site in 2020, following complaints from a gaming server that was among the victims DDoS attack via minesearch.rip.
The service helped launch DDoS attacks against dozens of other targets in the private and public sectors. The site is now down and the search is ongoing.
Last year on July 30, Dutch police searched the homes of two 19-year-olds suspected of involvement in the site. Three months earlier, police had destroyed 15 such sites in one week.
The 29 letters sent on Monday have no legal effect, but serve as a final warning to recipients that they will not receive another pardon the next time they are arrested.
This move by the police aims to calm the perpetrators and help them avoid problems, choosing a legal way to become more informed by testing their digital skills.
Whether it is computer hacking, video games, or cybercrime, the Dutch Police provide multiple programs where young people can find challenges that will keep them away from illegal activities.
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Three years ago, the program Hack_Right and the police initiative in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, started as an experiment for young people convicted of cybercrime to change their lives and stay on the right side of the law.
Earlier this year, as part of its efforts to discourage people from pursuing a life of cybercrime, Dutch police began hacking into Russian and English, warning that "will look everywhere for her finding those who have commit crimes in cyberspace".