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Skype hit by DDoS attack

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Playful hacker group CyberTeam claims that its recent DDoS attack on Skype was ‘all for fun’. Disgruntled Skype users across the globe were rather less amused by the outage, using social media to vent their spleen. CyberTeam utilised a network of zombie computers – a botnet – to carry out… Read more »

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Brickerbot malware damages IoT devices

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An unpleasant new strain of malware capable of destroying unprotected devices linked to the Internet of Things is now in circulation. Cyber security firm Radware has identified that the malware, known as BrickerBot.1 and BrickerBot.2, forces its way into IoT systems through configuration errors in the firmware, meaning a simple… Read more »

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Net security undermined by Minecraft

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Internet supersleuth Brian Krebs has devoted ‘hundreds of hours’ to tracing the origin of the botnet that took out his blog last year – along with Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, Talk Talk and the Post Office. Krebs reckons the Mirai botnet behind the DDoS attacks, the largest in internet history, can… Read more »

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Cyber attack leaves Finns in the cold

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Mean-spirited hackers left residents shivering when they launched a recent DDoS attack on the heating systems at two apartment blocks in Finland. Using IoT devices, the cyber attack disabled the computer systems that control the buildings’ central heating and hot water distribution. Once the affected smart home systems had been… Read more »

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NCA plays down ’skiddie’ attack

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The public-facing website of the National Crime Agency, Britain’s equivalent of the FBI, has suffered a DDoS hit. The NCA dismissed the attack as a pesky but rather insignificant occupational hazard – no more than adolescent cyber vandals (or ‘skiddies’) using other people’s programmes to take down an ‘attractive target’…. Read more »

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DDoS attack caused in part by compromised devices

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Last Friday, a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack took down several major internet sites. It is now believed that Chinese electronics component manufacturer, Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology, a vendor behind internet-connected cameras and DVRs, may have played an inadvertent role in the attack. It has been found that weak… Read more »

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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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