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UK Cops Tried ‘DDoS-Style’ Tactics on Drug Dealers’ Phones

Published: March 6, 2018
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Source: motherboard

The technique likely wasn’t a literal DDoS, and instead telcos cutting off certain phones. But the end result was the same—drug dealers can’t communicate.

UK police have trialed a new tactic designed to disrupt the drug trade by remotely disabling dealers’ phones, according to comments made by law enforcement officials during a recent police conference.

Police officers have said the tactic uses ‘DDoS-style’ techniques, although it likely works in a different technical way, with authorities ordering telcos to disable certain phones.

At the Society of Evidence Based Policing conference last week, Alex Murray, an official from West Midlands Police, spoke about the tactic of ‘DDoSing’ dealers’ phones, two people present at the conference told Motherboard.

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