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Do fear the Reaper: Huge army of webcams, routers raised from 'one million' hacked orgs

Miscreants are right now assembling a massive army of hacked Internet of Things devices – and at a far faster rate than the powerful Mirai botnet swelled its ranks last year. This new cyber-militia of compromised gadgets, dubbed IoT_reaper or Reaper by experts at Qihoo 360 Netlab, can be instructed by its masters to attack …
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2017
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UK lotto players quids in: Website knocked offline by DDoS attack

The UK National Lottery has apologised for a website outage that left money in the pockets of punters unable to play games on Saturday evening. “We're very sorry that many players are currently unable to access The National Lottery website or app. Our 46,000 retailers are unaffected,” it said on Twitter before adding “please …
John Leyden, 2 Oct 2017
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DreamHost smashed in DDoS attack: Who's to blame? Take a guess...

Web hosting biz DreamHost has been largely crippled today by a distributed denial of service attack, bringing down most of its services. The assault began at around 0920 PDT (1620 UTC) and quickly overwhelmed the company's systems, particularly its DNS servers. DreamHost's status page reports serious disruption to its hosting …
Iain Thomson, 24 Aug 2017

So you're planning on outsourcing some enterprise security

It makes sense to have a solid collection of security expertise within your organisation. And in fact most of us do: security is so core to most of what we do in IT that it’s a standard part of the syllabus for all the courses we do on, say, router configuration or Windows administration. These courses always have security …
Dave Cartwright, 23 Aug 2017

FCC: We could tell you our cybersecurity plan… but we'd have to kill you

America's broadband watchdog, the FCC, has continued digging an ever-deeper hole over its claims it was subject to a distributed denial-of-service attack. The latest shovel of BS came in a letter [PDF] to US Congress in which the FCC's chief information officer David Bray said he could not tell Congressmen what the "additional …
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'App DDoS bombs' that slam into expensive APIs worry Netflix

Netflix has identified denial of service threat to microservices architectures that it's labelled “application DDoS”. Traditional DDoS attacks flood networks with bogus traffic so that infrastructure runs out of resources to serve legitimate users. Netflix characterises an application DDoS attack as one in which attackers “ …
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Briton admits to router hack that DDoSed Deutsche Telekom

An as yet unnamed 29-year-old pleaded guilty on Friday to charges relating to the hijacking of more than 1.25 million Deutsche Telekom routers, according to reports in the German press. German news agency DPA and others quoted a court spokesman as saying the accused, who pleaded guilty to "attempted computer sabotage", had " …
John Leyden, 24 Jul 2017
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Brit teen accused of running malware factory and helpdesk for crims

A British teenager is accused of flogging and supporting malware used to launch distributed denial-of-service attacks against top multinationals. Jack Chappell, 18, from Stockport in Cheshire, appeared before Manchester magistrates on Tuesday charged with impairing the operation of computers under the UK's Computer Misuse Act …
Iain Thomson, 5 Jul 2017
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DDoS attack brings Qatar's Al Jazeera website to its knees

Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera yesterday said it was being targeted with systematic hacking attempts. DDoS assaults affecting Al Jazeera's websites and digital platforms follow a recent hack of the state news service that resulted in the promotion of false news and is blamed, in part, on an ongoing diplomatic crisis in …
John Leyden, 9 Jun 2017

Secure email service builds newsletter bomb defences after attack pummels their inbox

Secure email service Tutanota has built defences against newsletter bombs after becoming a victim itself. The measures are designed to protect users' inboxes against denial-of-service attacks, which involve signing up targeted email addresses to hundreds or perhaps even thousands of newsletters, essentially rendering those …
John Leyden, 10 May 2017
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FCC blames DDoS for weekend web lockout

Vid Problems faced by consumers hoping to submit comments to the Federal Communications Commission over the weekend were caused by a denial of service attack, the US government agency admits. In a statement, FCC chief information officer Dr David Bray blamed issues with the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) on …
John Leyden, 9 May 2017
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Brit behind Titanium Stresser DDoS malware sent to chokey

A Hertfordshire man has been jailed for two years after netting nearly £400,000 from the malware he wrote as a 15-year-old student. Adam Mudd, now 20, was sentenced to two years in a young offenders’ institute this afternoon. He had pleaded guilty to two charges under the Computer Misuse Act and one charge of concealing …
Gareth Corfield, 25 Apr 2017

Strange Mirai botnet brew blamed for powerful application layer attack

Hackers have created a potent new variant of the Mirai IoT malware. The latest variant is capable of launching application layer attacks rather than simply flooding targeted sites with junk traffic. The new botnet has already been used to hit a US college with a two-day-long attack late last month, DDoS mitigation outfit …
John Leyden, 29 Mar 2017

Did you know: Crimelords behind DDoS attacks offer customer loyalty points?

The DDoS attack business has advanced to the point that running an attack can cost as little as $7 an hour, while the targeted company can end up losing thousands, if not millions of dollars. Kaspersky Lab’s experts were also able to calculate that an attack using a cloud-based botnet of 1,000 desktops is likely to cost the …
John Leyden, 24 Mar 2017
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Battle of the botnets: My zombie horde's bigger than yours

DDoS attacks more than doubled in the last quarter of 2016 compared to the same period the year before. Although the infamous Mirai IoT botnets accounted for many of the most severe attacks, the biggest single assault came from a different zombie network, according to a new study by Akamai out Tuesday. Attacks greater than …
John Leyden, 14 Feb 2017

DDoSing has evolved in the vacuum left by IoT's total absence of security

IoT botnets have transformed the threat landscape, resulting in a big increase in the size of DDoS attacks from 500Gbps in 2015 up to 800Gbps last year. Hackers have been able to "weaponise" digital video recorders, webcams and other IoT devices due to inherent security vulnerabilities, according to the DDoS mitigation firm …
John Leyden, 24 Jan 2017

Lloyds Bank outage: DDoS is prime suspect

A DDoS attack was reportedly behind online outages at Lloyds Bank a fortnight ago. As previously reported by El Reg, the banking group suffered several interruptions to its online service on 11-12 January that it initially blamed on "unspecified technical glitches". Customers were unable to check their account balances or make …
John Leyden, 23 Jan 2017

Operator of DDoS protection service named as Mirai author

The author of the massive distributed denial-of-service attack malware Mirai, which ropes infected routers and internet of things devices into remotely controlled armies, is a New Jersey man, according to journo Brian Krebs. On his website this week, Krebs names a chap called Paras Jha, owner of a distributed denial-of-service …
Darren Pauli, 20 Jan 2017

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