IP Stressers and booters have always had kind of a bad rep among cybersecurity specialists and server owners. This is because they´re basically pieces of artillery capable of besieging or even disabling websites and networks at will.
However, they have gained increased importance in the world of cybersecurity experts and providers, mostly because they are virtually the only way to test your defenses against cybercriminals and bullies.
They follow the same principle used by safe or high-grade security door makers. In order to test its sturdiness, they need to grab their product and inflict as much damage as they can, and see what it takes to crack it. They know there is always a limit over which their product will fail, but they want to make sure that, to reach said limit, you will need crazy amounts of resources and time.
The same applies to websites and servers. In order to avoid being the victim of DDoS attacks that might prove catastrophic to your business, you need to make sure your server has no discernible vulnerabilities or can withstand a direct attack without affecting its performance.
IP stressers and booters act as virtual drills that you can use to test the strength of your server or website and drive it to the limit. While orchestrating short attacks, any IT department can assess the robustness of your system and implement correctives where necessary.
There are many providers out there. They all offer different stressor methods and capacities. For example, many only offer layer 4 or syn flood attacks, while others give you a whole range of methods including layer 7 DDoS attacks. They all come in handy as they each test different features and vulnerabilities. This allows your IT team to come up with comprehensive defense mechanisms and fail-safes.
One important aspect is power. Nowadays, most servers are shielded against these attacks as they can handle extremely high amounts of requests. This means you need sheer brute force to slow down or disrupt a decent server nowadays. Unfortunately, bad actors always have enough resources that can be used to inflict pain. This makes it imperative to know your website or servers are out of their reach, and by how much.
That has been a blessing for IP stresser providers.
The industry was known for being in high demand among hackers, cybercriminals, and petty kids who wanted their gaming nemesis to get booted out from a game lobby. They have even been the target of police raids and international prosecution for taking in clients with questionable intentions.
However, as these attacks became more frequent, the need for increased server robustness grew, and security experts now use IP stressers and booters to routinely test their defenses. This unseemly alliance is only natural as these two groups are not really at war: they are individuals who are always looking for a challenge to test their abilities. Many of them are even best buds now.
I see this as a win-win scenario as a previously misunderstood community now has a legitimate raison d´etre, and cybersecurity specialists now can find ways to be one step ahead of their real enemies.
Server providers and website owners are now reaping the benefits of this previously unthinkable alliance.