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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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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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Cyber extortion going nowhere but up

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Obtaining money by threatening to reveal information is a not a new phenomenon. Take, for example, the extortion demand issued against the Duke of Wellington in 1824 which gave rise to the famous phrase “publish and be damned”. Today, extortion is alive and well in the cyber world whether by… Read more »

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27-year-old man arrested in connection with defamatory ‘revenge-porn’ site

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A 27-year-old man, named Kevin Bollaert has been arrested in connection with a revenge porn website. Bollaert has been accused of making the site dubbed, ‘UGotPosted’ which allows the publication of intimate images without permission of the featured individual. The site linked the intimate photographs to the individuals personal social… Read more »

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Health record hackers encrypt and hold data for ransom

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We usually think of hack attacks for financial gains taking the form of copying credit card and other financial information from companies’ servers and selling it on the black market. But new tactics are coming about – tactics which cyber criminals are using with increasing frequency. Hackers are now beginning… Read more »

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