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Oh Brother: Hackers can crash your unpatched printers – researchers

Updated Security researchers have said they've uncovered a new way for hackers to crash Brother printers. More specifically, they've put out an advisory saying a vulnerability in the web front-end of Brother printers (the Debut embedded http server) allows an attacker to launch a Denial of Service attack. The attack might be carried …
John Leyden, 7 Nov 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 …
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Has Git ever driven you so mad you wanted to bomb it? Well, now you can with this tiny repo

A quirk in the way Git handles data deduplication can be exploited to crash most computers with a single Git command. Developer Kate Murphy said this "Git bombing" can be pulled off by creating and organizing a repository of just 12 4KB objects so that cloning it fills up all available RAM and swap space until the machine …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Oct 2017
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Google caps punch-yourself-in-the-face malicious charger hack

Google has capped a dangerous but somewhat obscure boot mode vulnerability that allowed infected PCs and chargers to put top end Nexus phones into denial of service states. IBM reported the flaw (CVE-2016-8467) which allows infected computers and malicious power chargers to compromise Nexus 6 and 6p phones. Google badged the …
Darren Pauli, 9 Jan 2017
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DDoS in 2017: Strap yourself in for a bumpy ride

DDoS attacks have been around since at least 2000, and they’re not going away. In fact, as the number of devices online grows, the volume and velocity of these attacks is also increasing. Whole industries have developed around launching and preventing DDoS campaigns as black hats and white hats battle for dominance, and 2017 …
Robin Birtstone, 16 Dec 2016

Linode fends off multiple DDOS attacks

Cloud hosting outfit Linode has again come under significant denial of service (DoS) attack. The attacks aren't as bad as the epic events that all-but-took Linode down in January 2016, but they are coming in thick and fast. The company's reported DoS attacks on September 2nd, September 4th and then a series of attacks on …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Sep 2016

Inside the World of the Dark DDoS

Today’s distributed denial of service attacks are different than the kinds that we saw at the dawn of the millennium when the threat emerged. They’re becoming more nuanced, and subtle – and they could result in a lot more than a downed web server. In the early days of DDoS, volumetric attacks were all the rage. Politically or …
Danny Bradbury, 27 Jun 2016
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Cisco warns IPv6 ping-of-death vuln is everyone's problem

Cisco is warning network administrators about a flaw in the handling of IPv6 packets that it says extends beyond its own products. The networking behemoth has issued a security alert detailing a vulnerability in the processing of IPv6 Neighbor Discovery (ND) packets that could allow a remote and unauthenticated miscreant to …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Jun 2016

Rent a denial-of-service booter for $60, wreak $720k in damage

Criminals can pay distributed-denial-of-service attackers less than US$60 to inflict as much as US$720,000 in damage to an organisation per day, researcher Dennis Schwarz says. The so-called booter or stresser services are commonly sold as would-be legitimate tools for security professionals. These tools are supposedly used to …
Darren Pauli, 4 Mar 2016

Roll up, roll up to the Malware Museum! Run classic DOS viruses in your web browser

The Internet Archive has opened a new collection dubbed the Malware Museum that lets you run old DOS-era viruses in your web browser. There are 78 samples to play with, all uploaded earlier today and collated by Mikko Hypponen and Jason Scott. The cheesy old code is executed in your browser using a JavaScript version of …
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Borg patches enterprise ASR router DoS hole

Cisco has closed a hole in its ASR 1000 line of enterprise and service provider-grade routers that could trigger denial of service. Attackers can exploit the hole by crafting a series of packets that cause the routers to reload and cut net services. The Borg says it has not witnessed attacks in the wild. "A vulnerability in …
Darren Pauli, 31 Jul 2015

Twitter boots out classic DOS games, world productivity surges

The Internet Archive is still sharing 2,600 blast-from-the-past DOS games, and these are still playable in web browsers - but no longer so via Twitter. We reported on what was almost definitely an anarchist plot to strangle global productivity at the time, but it seems Dick Costolo has terrified his workers into removing the …

This one weird script continually crashes Android email

The email application of Samsung Galaxy 4 Minis can be made to repeatedly crash with a simple email that need not even be opened, according to researcher Hector Marco. A crafted email gobbled up by the native email client running on Android 4.2.2.0400, a superseded operating system that was the latest stock offering for the S4 …
Darren Pauli, 19 Feb 2015

OpenVPN plugs DoS hole

OpenVPN has patched a denial-of-service vulnerability which authenticated users could trigger by sending malicious packets. The flaw (CVE-2014-8104) is most hurtful to VPN service providers and was reported by researcher Dragana Damjanovic to OpenVPN last month. Maintainers said in an advisory issued this morning that the …
Darren Pauli, 2 Dec 2014
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Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper

Antique Code Show This January EA managed to piss just about everyone off with their greedy micro transaction-fuelled Android/iOS reboot of Dungeon Keeper. How dare it sully the joyful memories of this near perfect mix of god game/RTS that kept me busy being an evil overlord back in 1997. Bullfrog Productions: Dungeon Keeper 1997 Fiendishly …
Lucy Orr, 12 Sep 2014
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MONSTER COOKIES can nom nom nom ALL THE BLOGS

Giant cookies could be used to create a denial of service (DoS) on blog networks, says infosec researcher Bogdan Calin. Such an attack would work by feeding users cookies with header values so large that they trigger web server errors. Calin created a proof of concept attack against the Google Blog Spot network after a …
Darren Pauli, 2 Jul 2014
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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

That Game of Thrones author George R R Martin writes his tomes and scripts using WordStar has been common knowledge for a while: he blogged about it back in 2011 . Yesterday the chronicler of the cruel pseudo-medieval Seven Kingdoms popped up on US chat show Conan and explained why. As you'll see in this excerpt from the …
Simon Sharwood, 15 May 2014

Japanese anti-nuke groups DoS-bombed by mystery attackers

Over 30 anti-nuclear grass roots groups in Japan have been deluged with millions of spam emails over the past two months in what appears to be a co-ordinated campaign to disrupt and obstruct them. More than 2.53 million emails were sent to at least 33 activist groups since mid-September, with 430,000 sent to just two groups …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Nov 2013

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