Tag Archives: DDoS

Botnet army attacks cyber journalist

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War reporters treat coming under fire as an occupational hazard, but tech journos don’t normally need to don flak jackets and tin helmets. However, Brian Krebs – an American investigative journalist who crusades against cyber crime – has found himself caught in such a DDoS firestorm that he had to… Read more »

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LizardStresser becomes IoT botnet-du-jour

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The LizardStresser botnet has allowed hackers to use the Internet of Things (IoT) to launch denial-of-service attacks on Brazilian banks, global gaming sites and government organisations. According to security firm Arbour Networks, an increasing number of criminals are using the botnet to hijack IoT devices by accessing them through users’… Read more »

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Anonymous and Operation Icarus

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Earlier this month, infamous hacking collective Anonymous published a video threatening a sustained 30-day onslaught on global financial institutions, naming the operation Icarus. As always, YouTube served as the platform for the announcement, which singled out the likes of MasterCard, PayPal, Visa and NASDAQ as targets of the imminent attack…. Read more »

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The DDoS attacks that never were

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It seems hackers no longer even need to hack anymore in order to get money from their would-be victims. Hacking group Armada Collective have raked in thousands of dollars by faking DDoS or Distributed Denial of Service attacks and sending emails to organisations claiming an attack was imminent when in… Read more »

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Large-scale DDoS attacks hit Saudi government sites

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Government websites in Saudi Arabia have fallen victim to a distributed denial of service attack, responsibility for which has been claimed by the hacker group Anonymous through Twitter. Different government departments in the country have been targeted allegedly because of the recent execution of a leading Shia cleric, Sheikh al-Nimr…. Read more »

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Website building service Moonfruit taken down by DDoS attack

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Moonfruit, a website that helps users design and build their own websites, has been the victim of an attack on its main servers by a group called the Armada Collective. The Armada Collective overloaded Moonfruit’s servers with illegal traffic on December 10th, effectively creating a distributed denial of service (DDoS)… Read more »

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Swiss email firm pays cyber ransom, attacks continue

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Protonmail, an email firm located in Switzerland, has reputedly paid a figure in excess of £3,600 to prevent cyber criminals from flooding its site with data, but attacks continue to cripple the company. The company was warned ahead of the initial distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack when a demand… Read more »

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CCTV cameras being hijacked for DDoS attacks

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Security industry experts have identified malware that is being used to corrupt CCTV cameras. The malware transforms the cameras into botnets which are then used as a medium to run Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. CCTV cameras are easy targets as the majority are connected wirelessly and, much of… Read more »

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New York magazine website hit by angry tourist hacker

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The website of New York magazine has been taken down by a tourist who was unhappy about being the subject of a prank attack whilst visiting the city. He was allegedly the victim of an incident involving a fake hand gun and other poor treatment whilst visiting the city a… Read more »

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Canadian anti-terrorism law prompts hactivist action

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On June 17th, several Canadian government websites fell victim to hackers, with hacker group Anonymous claiming responsibility. The denial of service attack lasted for two hours, but Steven Blaney, Canadian Minister for Public Safety, has reported to the media that no personal data was taken during the attack. The perpetrators… Read more »

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