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Summoners of web tsunamis have moved to layer 7, says Cloudflare

Attackers have noticed that the world is getting better at fending off massive distributed denial-of-service attacks, and are trying to overwhelm application processes instead. So says DDoS-deflector Cloudflare, which reckons it's seen a spike in cyber-assaults trying to exhaust high-level server resources, such as per-process …
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UPnP joins the 'just turn it off on consumer devices, already' club

Universal Plug 'n' Play, that eternal feast of the black-hat, has been identified as helping to amplify denial-of-service attacks. Researchers at Imperva looked into misbehaving UPnP implementations after spotting odd attack traffic while analysing a Simple Service Discovery Protocol (SSDP, an Internet proposal absorbed into …
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Congratulations, we all survived Star Wars day! Now for some security headaches

Roundup May is already upon us, and as usual it has been a busy week for security news. Here's a summary of what didn't make it into El Reg this week, well, until now. Son of a glitch! Brainiacs at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam have detailed an attack called GLitch. It exploits Adreno GPUs built into Qualcomm-powered system-on-chips …
Shaun Nichols, 5 May 2018
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World's biggest DDoS-for-hire souk shuttered, masterminds cuffed

Cops yesterday cuffed IT admins behind the "world’s biggest DDoS marketplace", webstresser.org, Europol confirmed today. Europol said Webstresser.org had 136,000 registered users and four million attacks measured by April 2018, targeting online services from banks, government institutions, police forces and the gaming world. …
Paul Kunert, 25 Apr 2018
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Cloudflare promises to tend not two, but 65,535 ports in a storm

Cloudflare made its name proxying traffic for web servers, on network ports 80 (HTTP) and 443 (HTTPS), as a defense against denial of service attacks and their ilk. On Thursday, the online security biz broadened its ambitions by extending its watch over the remaining possible TCP/IP network ports under IPv4. Cloudflare …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Apr 2018
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Cavalry riding to the rescue of DDoS-deluged memcached users

DDoS attacks taking advantage of ill-advised use of memcached have begun to decline, either because sysadmins are securing the process, or because people are using a potentially-troublesome “kill switch”. Memcached is a handy caching tool that can improve database performance but has no security controls because it was never …
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World's biggest DDoS attack record broken after just five days

Last week, the code repository GitHub was taken off air in a 1.3Tbps denial of service attack. We predicted then that there would be more such attacks and it seems we were right. Arbor Networks is now reporting that a US service provider suffered a 1.7Tbps attack earlier this month. In this case, there were no outages as the …
Iain Thomson, 5 Mar 2018
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It's begun: 'First' IPv6 denial-of-service attack puts IT bods on notice

Analysis What's claimed to be the first IPv6-based distributed denial-of-service attack has been spotted by internet engineers who warn it is only the beginning of what could become the next wave of online disruption. Network guru Wesley George noticed the strange traffic earlier this week as part of a larger attack on a DNS server in …
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Gits club GitHub code tub with record-breaking 1.35Tbps DDoS drub

What's purported to be the world's largest distributed denial of service attack to date – measuring 1.35Tbps – knocked GitHub offline for a few minutes yesterday. The massive tsunami hit at 1721 UTC. During the assault, the popular code sharing website's admins noticed thousands of systems and devices slamming GitHub's web …
Iain Thomson, 1 Mar 2018
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Popular cache utility exploited for massive reflected DoS attacks

Attackers have discovered a new amplified denial-of-service attack vector, and have launched attacks reaching hundreds of gigabits per second in Asia, North America and Europe. Former Internet Systems Consortium CEO and now Akamai principal architect Barry Raveendran Greene has detailed the reflected DOS attack on his blog and …

Oracle slurps bot-wrangling security minnow Zenedge

Oracle is to gobble Zenedge, a cloud security start-up, for likely less than CTO Larry Ellison spends on tanning lotion each year an unspecified sum. Zenedge flogs 'integrated management of businesses' cybersecurity', centred on bot management and protection against malware and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. …
Rebecca Hill, 15 Feb 2018
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Brace yourselves for the 'terabyte (sic) of death', warns US army IT boss

The outgoing head of the Defense Information Systems Agency, which handles computer security for the US Department of Defense, has warned a massive cyber-attack is "looming" at the American military's door. Over lunch on Thursday, Army Lieutenant General Alan Lynn, who retires in a few months, told the Armed Forces …
Iain Thomson, 12 Jan 2018
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UK teen dodges jail time for role in DDoSes on Natwest, Amazon and more

Brit teen Jack Chappell has avoided being sent to prison after pleading guilty to helping launch DDoS attacks against NatWest, Amazon and Netflix, among others. Chappell, 19, from Heaton Moor, Stockport, launched 2,000 DDoS attacks and aided several others as part of the vDos "booter" service. The site posed as a server stress …
Richard Priday, 20 Dec 2017

DoS scum attacked one-third of the 'net between 2015 and 2017

One-third of all /24 networks recently estimated to be active on the Internet have suffered at least one denial-of-service attack over the last two years. That's the headline number from a two-year study conducted by the Center for Applied Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA), published last week. CAIDA conducted the study to …

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

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