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

Posted on November 18th, 2016.

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...

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Cybersecurity

Botnet DDoS Attacks More Sophisticated Than Ever

Posted on November 1st, 2016.

  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...

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Blockchain

Is a Decentralized Internet the Solution to Outages?

Posted on October 22nd, 2016.

“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...

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Cybersecurity

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

Posted on October 21st, 2016.

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...

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Cybersecurity

The New York Times Website is Offline

Posted on October 19th, 2016.

The New York Times is down and cannot be accessed anywhere in the world. An attempt to reach the homepage of The New York Times throws up the following error. The NYT’s server is unresponsive globally, and has been down for about 90 minutes at the time of publishing. Meanwhile, the publication’s official Twitter account has admitted that...

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Cybersecurity

CCTV Botnets Make DDoS Attacks

Posted on October 13th, 2016.

Recent reports showed that attackers are leveraging the vulnerability of CCTV for distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Octave Klaba, founder and CTO of OVH, reported via his Twitter account that for days, OVH became victim to multiple DDoS attacks. “Last days, we got lot of huge DDoS. Here, the list of “bigger that...

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Cybersecurity

Two More Arrested in Connection with the Lizard Squad

Posted on October 10th, 2016.

The December 2014 attacks on the Xbox Live and Playstation gaming networks were infamous, premeditated, and claimed by a group calling itself the Lizard Squad. The sinister nature of attacking networks used by children, particularly on Christmas day when many were getting new consoles as gifts, gave rise to the infamy of the Lizard Squad...

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Bitcoin

DDoS Attackers Pick Bitcoin Websites for Targets

Posted on October 4th, 2016.

Bitcoin exchanges and news outlets figure prominently in the targeted list for DDoS attacks by cybercriminals, usually for purposes of extortion, in bitcoin. DDoS attacks are arguably the most prominent and crippling form of cyberattacks, capable of taking down entire platforms, besides mere website. A notable example is the seemingly...

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Cybersecurity

Understanding DoS and DDoS Attacks

Posted on October 3rd, 2016.

Here’s the rundown on a growing cyberspace menace that represents a threat to online services, websites, and platforms.

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Cybersecurity

Busted: Israeli Teens Behind DDoS-For-Hire Service That Made $600,000

Posted on September 22nd, 2016.

Israeli police arrested two men alleged to be the co-owners of an attack-for-hire service, according to KrebsOnSecurity. The pair was arrested around the same time that KrebsOnSecurity published an earlier story naming them as the masterminds behind a service called vDOS that can be hired to knock Web sites offline with powerful blasts...

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Cyberespionage

Someone is Probing to Take Down the Internet, Warns Cryptographer

Posted on September 14th, 2016.

The pillars that provide the basic infrastructure of the internet are being probed by an unknown entity, probing for that point where the foundation cracks and the internet breaks.

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Cybersecurity

Donald Trump Is All about the ‘Cyber’ with Cybersecurity

Posted on July 22nd, 2016.

Donald Trump could become the next President of the United States. If and when he does, the subject of cybersecurity and the widening scale of cyberattacks will firmly be on the agenda. So what does Trump have to say about a subject that requires a certain understanding and nuance? Donald Trump, now officially the Republican candidate...

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Cybersecurity

Pokémon Go DDoS Attackers Threaten Wipeout on August 1

Posted on July 20th, 2016.

 The group who goes by the name Poodlecorp (yes, really) has threatened to take down Pokémon Go servers with a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on August 1st. If achieved, the attack is certain to rile up gamers who are already inundating its servers due to the game’s sheer popularity. Poodlecorp, the DDoS group tthat...

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Cybersecurity

In 2016, 1Gbps DDoS Attacks Are the New Norm

Posted on July 19th, 2016.

   The first six months of 2016 have shown that DDoS attacks are only escalating in their frequency as well as their scale, according to the latest global report by DDoS mitigation firm Arbor Networks. A DDoS report released by software firm Netscout’s DDoS mitigation arm Arbor Networks has revealed the single largest attack...

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Cybersecurity

Pokémon Go Servers Suffer Downtime, possibly due to DDoS attacks

Posted on July 17th, 2016.

With server issues, Pokémon Go players may have had trouble catching much this weekend and it wasn’t merely due to the tremendously popular game crashing a lot on account of a massive new roll-out. A hacker group has claimed responsibility for the server outage, with DDoS attacks. A hacking group known as PoodleCorp has claimed...

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Cybersecurity

Hacking Group OurMine Claim HSBC Servers Takedown

Posted on July 14th, 2016.

OurMine, a hacking group that has risen to prominence after compromising prominent social media accounts belonging to the likes of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, has claimed that it took down the US & UK servers of major banking institution, HSBC. Hacking collective OurMine, which claims to be a white-hat...

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Cybersecurity

A 25,000+ CCTV Botnet Army is Launching DDoS Attacks

Posted on June 28th, 2016.

Over 25,000 digital video recorders and CCTV cameras have been compromised by attackers who are using the devices to launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks targeting websites. Cybersecurity firm Sucuri has revealed details of a curious case of a DDoS attack, one which targeted “a small brick and mortar jewelry shop”. The...

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Activism

Anonymous Disrupts Greece Central Bank Website

Posted on May 4th, 2016.

In a campaign that sees activist and hacktivist collective Anonymous target primary financial institutions such as central banks with #OpIcarus, Greece’s central bank was targeted in a massive DDoS attack. The group has also revealed that it will be targeting other central banks in a 30-day campaign. Greece’s central bank was the latest...

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Cybersecurity

Hacker Group Claiming To Be Armada Collective Blackmails VPN Service

Posted on April 26th, 2016.

A hacker group claiming to be the Armada Collective hacker group demanded 10.08 bitcoins from BlackVPN, a VPN service provider, by Monday, saying it would otherwise launch DDoS attacks and raise the price every day of non-payment, according to Yahoo. So far, BlackVPN has not paid. Armada Collective is the name of the group that...

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Cybersecurity

World of Warcraft Servers DDoS’d Offline by Lizard Squad

Posted on April 14th, 2016.

A DDoS attack targeting game developer Blizzard’s servers has disrupted gamers from logging into popular games such as Diablo 3 and World of Warcraft. Infamous DDoS group Lizard Squad have taken credit for the outage. A DDoS attack is widely known as the most common means to a cyber-attack or cyber-vandalism. Government websites, private...