A joint operation involving the Polish Central Cybercrime Bureau, the US Department of Justice [1], Europol [1] [2] [3], and US law enforcement agencies has successfully taken down Lolek Hosted, a ‘bulletproof’ web hosting service known for facilitating criminal activities [2]. This operation resulted in the seizure of Lolek Hosted [2] [3]’s servers and the arrest of its administrators.


Lolek Hosted, a notorious web hosting service, had gained a reputation for its no-log policy and specifically targeted cybercriminals. It offered a range of services including botnet server management, spam message distribution [2], and the distribution of information-stealing malware [2] [3]. Additionally, it facilitated DDoS attacks and was involved in ransomware attacks, amassing over 5,000 bitcoin in ransoms [3]. The founder of Lolek Hosted [3], Artur Grabowski [3], has been charged with computer fraud [1] [3], wire fraud [3], and conspiracy to commit international money laundering [3]. If convicted [1], he could face up to 45 years in prison [1]. This takedown is part of a larger effort to combat cybercrime [3], with other bulletproof hosting services being shut down in recent years [3].


The takedown of Lolek Hosted marks a significant victory in the fight against cybercrime. By dismantling this ‘bulletproof’ hosting service, law enforcement agencies have disrupted a major hub for criminal activities online. This operation sends a strong message to cybercriminals that their activities will not go unpunished. It also highlights the importance of international collaboration in combating cybercrime, as multiple agencies from different countries worked together to bring down Lolek Hosted. However, it is crucial to remain vigilant as other bulletproof hosting services may still be operating. Continued efforts and cooperation among law enforcement agencies are necessary to ensure the ongoing success in combating cybercrime and protecting individuals and businesses from online threats.


[1] https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/lolek-bulletproof-hosting/
[2] https://techmonitor.ai/technology/cybersecurity/lolek-hosted-seized
[3] https://www.techradar.com/pro/lolek-bulletproof-hosting-site-seized-as-the-global-fight-against-ransomware-steps-up