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November 18, 2016

The Biggest DDoS Attack of 2016 Was Caused by an Angry Gamer

October 2016 saw the biggest DDoS attack of the year target a DNS services company called DYN. The massive attack pumped more than one terabit of data per second, crashing the company’s servers. Even tough Dyn attempted to mitigate the attack, major websites such as Twitter, Netflix and Reddit were temporarily taken down.

Hacked.com reported that one cryptographer called it before it happened, as someone was testing the defensive capabilities of companies who provide core internet services. Even though network-wide outage didn’t occur, it still crashed a part internet in the US.

Now net information came to light. Reportedly, a very angry gamer had a grudge against [...]

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November 1, 2016

Botnet DDoS Attacks More Sophisticated Than Ever


A new report by security firm Kaspersky Lab has revealed that as many as 67 countries’ resources and installations have been targeted by botnet-based DDoS attacks, in Q3 2016 alone.

The world received a rude jolt of the increasing threat of cyberattacks when DNS provider Dyn was targeted in an unprecedented DDoS attack in October 2016. That cyberattack was caused from a botnet that included IoT (Internet of Things) devices like surveillance cameras and routers. Suffice to say, the DNS blackout was undoubtedly the most notable DDoS-induced disruption in a growing trend of botnet-assisted DDoS attacks.

A new report by Kaspersky Lab has now revealed that [...]

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October 22, 2016

Is a Decentralized Internet the Solution to Outages?

“Attacks that we witnessed today were possible mainly because there is a centralized infrastructure which could have been targeted,” said Piotr Janiuk, CTO of  Golem,  which seeks to decentralize the internet using peer-to-peer technology. “The attack itself isn’t easy to carry out, but it is obvious that even the backbone infrastructure behind the Internet contains single points of failure which are prone to such malicious activity – even though the infrastructure may comprise multiple machines. As of today, the trend is to move towards distributed solutions and the main problem is the lack of standard way of setting up the infrastructure.”

Golem  is among a [...]

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October 21, 2016

A DDoS Attack is Crippling the Internet & One Cryptographer Called It

A number of popular websites including the likes of Twitter and Reddit were taken down today after a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks targeted DNS service Dyn.

Put a marker down on this day. It is one to be remembered. Large DDoS attacks have relentlessly targeted major DNS host Dyn, leading to websites of the likes of Twitter, Reddit, AirBnB and Github among plenty of others to experience partial or total outages.

For those not in the know, a DNS or Domain Name Servers fundamentally act as the tool that sees through a user’s request to access any given webpage ensuring that the internet user reaches the right destination. If you clicked on this [...]

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