Tag Archives: DDoS

Analysis shows students and staff may be responsible for cyber attacks

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A cyber security agency has examined the timing of 850 attacks on UK colleges and universities in 2017-18, and discovered a “clear pattern” of attacks happening during the workday and during term times. As soon as the holidays start, attacks dramatically decrease. According to the BBC, the analysis concludes that… Read more »

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Europol busts major DDoS website

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An international crime-fighting coalition has cracked the team behind the Webstresser DDoS attacks on seven leading British banks in November 2017. The operation, led by Britain’s National Crime Agency and the Dutch police force and spanning eleven countries, has closed down the rogue website – which was making DDoS kits… Read more »

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Cisco highlights cyber threats

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Multinational tech heavyweight Cisco has issued a recent report emphasising the growing threat from ransomware. In the battle for control of the internet, hackers are deploying ever more sophisticated weaponry, while federal agencies are struggling to keep pace. In particular, malicious actors are exploiting the growth in encrypted web traffic… Read more »

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Dating agency hackers caught in flagrante

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As part of an overall crackdown on hacking, the Ukrainian authorities have successfully prosecuted two cyber criminals who had been operating a distributed denial of service (DDoS) extortion scheme for several years. The two miscreants – one male, one female – also ran a dating agency. Their first target was… Read more »

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Size doesn’t matter to cyber crooks

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It is not just the big-name corporates that are at risk from cyberattack, states leading UK insolvency consultant Business Rescue Expert.SMEs are equally likely to suffer attacks and are less likely to have initiated effective defense procedures. As well as hitting a small business in the pocket, a cyberattack can… Read more »

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FBI requests help fighting DDoS attacks

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As part of its effort to stem the ever-growing flow of DDoS attacks, the FBI is asking corporate victims to share details of incidents. The kind of information they are looking for includes the attackers’ traffic protocols, IP, email and cryptocurrency wallet addresses, netflow and packet capture logs; plus the… Read more »

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Botnets assemble

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A powerful and aggressive global army is on the march, and it isn’t Islamic State or North Korean or Russian – at least not specifically. It’s an army of botnets. According to cybersecurity specialist Symantec’s latest botnet tracker, the worldwide botnet army was swelled by 6.7million new bots during 2016…. Read more »

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Ukraine postal service hit by DDoS

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Ukraine has been cementing its rather unenviable position as one of the world’s leading cyber trouble hot spots. The Petya (or notPetya) malware strain that ended up wreaking havoc in over 60 countries worldwide originated in a Ukrainian accountancy business before spreading through the country’s airports, banks and supermarkets. In… Read more »

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Manufacturers’ production lines are lucrative targets

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Throwing a cyber wrench into the works of a busy factory is becoming an ever more popular and lucrative ploy amongst the hacking community. The more technologically-sophisticated the production line, the more scope attackers have for disrupting it – especial if it involves finely tuned functions such as computer-imaging, barcode… Read more »

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UCL attack driven by malvertising

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The formidable AdGholas malvertising threat group is now believed to be linked to the recent ransomware attack on University College London. The malvertising group, which used its Astrum Exploit Kit to distribute the Mole ransomware, appears to be moving away from its traditional theatre of operations in banking malware in… Read more »

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