DDoS Attack News, Articles and Updates

Researchers identify extortion as motive behind memcached DDoS attacks

The adversaries who have been abusing exposed memcached servers to launch amplified distributed denial of service attacks have been including a ransom note amidst their flood of malicious packets, according to researchers.

'First true' native IPv6 DDoS attack spotted in wild

First in-the-wild DDOS IPV6 attack hits servers, with portents of more to come. The DNS dictionary attack originated from around 1,900 different native IPv6 hosts, on more than 650 different networks.

Final Fantasy network recovers after losing health points to DDoS attack

The network hosting the role-playing video game Final Fantasy XIV experienced significant disruptions for three hours on 5 February as the result of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.

Complexity of DDoS attacks is rising says new report

DDoS attacks plotted over the last year have stepped back from the headline-grabbing events of 2016, but have become more stealthy and intelligent, according to a new report.

Three critical steps businesses can take today to defend their networks against IoTroop

Unlike Mirai, the IoTroop bot exploits nine core vulnerabilities as it spreads, and already, experts say those responsible for the bot - who remain unknown - have added more than 100 features to it.

Report: Chinese cyber-spies target Western think tanks, DDos attacks in Q4

At least four Western think tanks and two non-government organisations were targeted in Chinese cyber- espionage activities this past October and November, according to a new report from CrowdStrike.

National Lottery hit by DDoS attack - down 90 mins at peak demand time

On Saturday the UK National Lottery's website was down - just as those players who stake online, rather than in retailers, were trying to pick their numbers and part with their cash - thanks to a DDoS attack.

Dealing with DDoS - Blockchain would have saved Final Fantasy XIV

Stephen Holmes, suggests use of blockchain to thwart DDoS attacks, noting its collective computing power would require multiple nodes across multiple institutions to be attacked to overwhelm the full system.

ICYMI: Spyware; US data law; NSA tools hack; Games DDoS'd; Skills gap

In Case You Missed It: Spyware in 1,000 apps; US global data grab; NSA tools used to hack hotels; Warcraft DDoS'd; Students narrow skills gap

Trump Hotels website appears to be under DDoS attack by hackers

Cloudflare protection notification appears on website before homepage, which would appear to indicate that the Trump hotel chain's website is under DDoS attack.

Imperva: in 2016, 94.2% of websites experienced a bot attack

In 2016 impersonator bots were responsible for 24.3 percent of all traffic on Imperva's network. The "textbook" impersonator bot which stole many headlines is, of course, the Mirai botnet.

Watch out, industrial spies and saboteurs about, targeting your firm

A recent court case demonstrates that with the ease of access to cyber-weapons, it's not just the big guys who need to worry about cyber espionage and sabotage, writes Chris Allen.

European Commission gets DDoSed

The European Commission was the victim of a DDoS attack this afternoon that blocked internet connectivity on-and-off for several hours.

Why you should have a DDoS defence

Duncan Hughes explains the best methods to use to effectively protect businesses and ensure networks can stand up to a DDoS attack

ICYMI: Cyber-Sec challenge; Tesco hack, DDoS hits Finns; US election hack?; NHS Trust downed

In this week's In Case You Missed It we look at: Youngest Cyber-Sec winner; Tesco bank hacked; DDoS hits Finns heating; US election vulnerability; NHS Trust closed by malware

ICYMI:PSN hacked; Russia prepares; Internet blackouts; Mirai botnet use; GDPR & Brexit

This week In Case You Missed It looks at: PSN hack on B1 launch; Russia prepares for retaliation; Blackouts from Dyn DDoS; Mirai botnets cause Dyn blackouts; Brexit confuses GDPR plans.

SSL handshake weakness leaves MacOS, iOS devices open to MitM attacks

A fundamental fault in the SSL handshake could allow hackers to use subvert MacOS and iOS devices and recruit them into a DDoS attack.

Mirai botnets linked to massive DDoS attacks on Dyn DNS, Flashpoint says

DDoS attacks using IOT botnets take down parts of the internet delivering Twitter, Spotify, Netflix, GitHub, Amazon and Reddit among others.

Huge DDoS attack hits Twitter, Github, Spotify and others

Outage at DNS provider Dyn leads to multi-site blackout

Krebs dropped by Akamai for record DDoS attack, OVH suffers 1100 Gbps DDoS

DDoS mitigation giant Akamai have made the strategic decision to remove Brian Kreb's website from their servers from a huge record-breaking DDoS attack of 626Gbps, now OVH is reporting of a 1100Gbps DDoS.

120k strong botnet found in the wild

Networking and telecomms specialists Level 3 have discovered a botnet of 120,000 devices in the course of conducting DDoS research.

UK 'too attractive' to DDoS attackers

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are on the up according to new research; and the UK is firmly in the crosshairs.

Bots account for 49% of all internet traffic

Bots are essentially the worker bees of the web, used to power search engines such as Google, Bing and DuckDuckGo.

ICYMI: AV halts op; Locky duped; HIV leak; Greek DdoS; Phishers strike

The latest In Case You Missed It (ICYMI) looks at AV halts op; Locky loses out; HIV leak fine; Bank of Greece DDoSed; Investment firm spearphished.

CCTV cameras: security gear which doubles as free DDoS kit

Cloud-based video surveillance company Cloudview has published new research showing that, while the majority of CCTV systems may protect an organisation's physical assets, they provide an open door to cyber attackers.

Cyber-criminals say it with flowers for Valentine's Day

Roses are red, violets are blue, if you don't pay ransom, there'll be no flowers for you - florists hit by cyber- criminals in run up to Valentine's day.

End of days: Are we on the verge of a DDoS Armageddon?

High profile attacks backed by ever-growing firepower are pointing to an arms race in DDoS attacks. Are we heading for a doomsday scenario?