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 The campaign revolves around Godlua, a sophisticated malware strain that targets outdated Linux servers.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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13 Jun 2019

Telegram Hit by Cyber-attack, CEO Points to HK Protests, China

Encrypted messaging app Telegram experienced a “powerful” distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Wednesday. The service became unreliable as the result of enormous amounts of malicious traffic flooding the company’s servers. The firm said most of the traffic originated from China, and connected the attack to mass demonstrations in Hong Kong.

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07 Jun 2019

Global communications service providers struggling to fend off growing number of DDoS attacks

A new report by A10 Networks highlights the growing threat of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks to global communications service providers. The study found that even though a majority (54%) of providers expect the DDoS threat to rise, less than three in ten (29%) believe they can effectively respond to these

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22 May 2019

Massive DDoS attacks lasting more than an hour increased 487% in 2019

New Kaspersky Lab research shows that distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks surged by 84% in the first three months of this year. This growth reverses the downward trend that was recorded throughout 2018. Compared to the first quarter of last year, larger attacks involving 100Gbps or more increased by a staggering

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20 May 2019

More Orgs Use Booby Traps for Counterintelligence

Neustar recently released a new report showing that one out of five organizations use forensic investigations and other techniques in order to identify attackers. Other possible methods include the use of honeypots and collections of fake data to lure threat actors. If a threat actor falls for the trap and

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29 Apr 2019

Security Pros Feel Aligned with Board, Still Fear a Phish

A recent report[pdf] by AT&T Cybersecurity shows that an increasing number of security professionals feel they are on the same page with the stakeholders, although the situation at larger organizations tends to be more harmonious than at small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs). Over a quarter (26%) of securty experts at

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25 Apr 2019

Major DDoS attacks increased 967% this year

A new Neustar Research report shows that powerful DDoS attacks of over 100Gbps skyrocketed in the first quarter of this year. In comparison to Q1 of 2018, large DDoS attacks rose by 967%, with the biggest one peaking at 587Gbps, which was over 70% larger than the most powerful attack

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15 Apr 2019

The correlation between DDoS attacks and cryptomining

A new NSFOCUS report indicates that the declining price of cryptocurrencies in 2018 prompted threat actors to stop using botnet resources  for cryptomining attacks – as these were getting less and less profitable – and increasingly use them to launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks instead. Despite this, the number of

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