09 Apr 2020

New IoT botnet launches stealthy DDoS attacks, spreads malware

A new botnet is reportedly actively targeting IoT devices through the use of payloads compiled for a dozen CPUs. The botnet uses these payloads to launch different types of DDoS attacks and spread malware. The botnet has been named the Dark Nexus by researchers at Bitdefender after they discovered it

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17 Mar 2020

U.S. Health Department Site Hit With DDoS Cyber Attack

Bloomberg first reported that the United States Health and Human Services Department’s web site suffered from a DDoS cyberattack on Sunday night. This took the entire site online in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak, which has spiked the search for HHS information dramatically over the past several weeks. On

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25 Feb 2020

FBI Arrests Man on Political Cyber-attack Charges

On Friday, the FBI arrested 32-year-old Arthur Dam on charges of masterminding a series of DDoS attacks that targeted an opponent of former congresswoman Katie Hill. Dam was arrested over suspicion of cyber attacking the websites of Hill’s rival in April and May of 2018, causing the website to be

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05 Feb 2020

FBI Warns of DDoS Attack on State Voter Registration Site

The FBI warned the public of a potential DDoS attack that was aimed towards a state voter registration and information site. The warning was sent via a Private Industry Notification on Tuesday, stating that the website had received anomalous Domain Name System (DNS) requests that are consistent with a Pseudo-Random

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03 Feb 2020

Hackers are hijacking smart building access systems to launch DDoS attacks

Hackers have been searching the internet to hijack smart door and building access control systems. After compromising these systems, they launch DDoS attacks. The firewall company SonicWall reported the outbreak of this type of attack over the weekend, stating that they are targeting primarily Linear eMerge E3, which is produced

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25 Oct 2019

A DDoS gang is extorting businesses posing as Russian government hackers

Threat actors are impersonating the notorious state-backed Russian hacking group Fancy Bear (aka Sofacy, APT28 and Sednit) as part of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) extortion campaign targeting organizations in the financial sector. According to Daniel Smith of Radware, the threat actors launch “large scale, multi-vector demo DDoS attacks” against a

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24 Oct 2019

AWS hit by major DDoS attack

Amazon Web Services (AWS) suffered a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Wednesday that disrupted the firm’s Router 53 DNS web service for about eight hours on end. Some other services were affected as well. While AWS offers a custom DDoS mitigation service, Amazon’s cloud computing subsidiary admitted that the attack

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03 Oct 2019

Dutch police take down hornets’ nest of DDoS botnets

A “bulletproof” hosting provider used by cybercriminals to host dozens of Internet-of-things (IoT) botnets has been taken down by Dutch police. The company, called KV Solutions BV, was popular among cybercriminals because it refused to take action against its customers, even if they were using the hosting services for criminal

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19 Sep 2019

Massive Gaming DDoS Exploits Widespread Technology

Akamai recently registered the fourth-largest distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack ever detected by the firm. The attackers used a UDP amplification technique known as WS-Discovery (WSD) to target an organization in the gaming industry with up to 35/Gbps of malicious traffic. Security researchers identify two main reasons for why threat actors have

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09 Sep 2019

Wikipedia blames malicious DDOS attack after site goes down across Europe, Middle East

Wikipedia was hit by a disruptive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) on Friday that took the digital encyclopedia offline in various countries including France, Germany, Italy, Poland and most of the United Kingdom. A statement published by Wikimedia Foundation condemned the attack, which it blamed on “bad faith actors.” The organization said

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