Brian Krebs recently wrote articles about a disturbing trend: legitimized Denial of Service. The first story, DDoS Services Advertise Openly, Take PayPal, exposes the emerging industry. The second story, Ragebooter: ‘Legit’ DDoS Service, or Fed Backdoor?, relates an interview with Justin Poland, who admits to operating this DDoS Service and who claims that the site "includes a hidden backdoor that lets the FBI monitor customer activity." (This admission, if corroborated, partly answers my question, "if denials of service are not illegal, then why the hell not!")
I read Brian's articles, then found a referrral article at Sophos, DDoS-for-hire service is legal and even lets FBI peek in, says a guy with an attorney. Running a business based on disrupting other businesses is anethema to me, but for whatever reason, the image of "a guy with an attorney" gnawed at my imagination and I could not help but construct and post a DDoS joke to Twitter. Transcribing it here:
A guy with an attorney DDoSs a bar.
The bartender asks "Is this legal?"
Guy says "Pour me a beer and I'll tell you".
Bartender replies "I reserve the right to deny you service."
Attorney says "Are you one of my clients?"
It was either this or return to bed sobbing...