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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28 Aug 2019

Protocol used by 630,000 devices can be abused for devastating DDoS attacks

A relatively unknown UDP protocol puts around 630,000 Internet-connected devices at risk of disruptive DDoS attacks, security researchers warn. The vulnerable Web Services Dynamic Discovery (WS-DD, WSD, or WS-Discovery) protocol is used for device discovery in solutions by companies like Axis, Sony, Bosch that follow ONVIF standards. The protocol can

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15 Aug 2019

The changing face of DDoS attacks: Degraded performance instead of total takedown

Research by Neustar looks at the growing threat of small-scale DDoS attacks that are increasing in frequency and sophistication. 75% of the attacks that Neustar mitigated in Q2 of this year involved malicious traffic that reached no more than 5Gbps, and the number of attacks involving over 100 Gbps dropped

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25 Jul 2019

83% have experienced a DDoS attack in the past two years, survey finds

A new US Signal survey conducted among IT professionals ranks the top threats to organizations as DDoS (43%) ransomware (33%) and zero-day malware attacks (19%). DDoS attacks have hit a staggering 83% of organizations in the past two years and just over half of firms (51%) were attacked more than

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09 Jul 2019

GoBotKR Targets Pirate Torrents to Build a DDoS Botnet

Threat actors are distributing malware via torrent sites in order to build a botnet, new ESET research shows. The malware, referred to as GoBotKR, is hidden in pirated copies of South Korean films, TV series and video games that are distributed via Korean and Chinese torrent sites. People who download

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04 Jul 2019

First-ever malware strain spotted abusing new DoH (DNS over HTTPS) protocol

A new report by Netlab describes the first ever malware campaign to take advantage of the DNS over HTTPS (DoH) protocol. The campaign revolves around Godlua, a sophisticated malware strain that targets outdated Linux servers. Godlua is a backdoor, but also functions as a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) bot. After infecting

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25 Jun 2019

DDoS-for-Hire Services Doubled in Q1

A new report by Nexusguard shows that booter websites, which offer distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) services for hire more than doubled in the first three months of 2019 compared to Q4 of last year. This increase, which follows an FBI crackdown on major DDoS-for-hire websites in December of last year, shows

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20 Jun 2019

Botnets shift from Windows towards Linux and IoT platforms

Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks carried out by botnets continue to be a major threat to websites, although attacks on Windows systems are declining in favor of campaigns targeting Linux machines and Internet-of-things (IoT) devices, new NSFOCUS research shows. The number of botnet attack instructions received by targets rose by 66.4%

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