DDos News, Articles and Updates

Beware Memcached: how to fight off the latest wave of DDoS attacks

After assessing cyber-security weaknesses across the organisation, it's essential the necessary steps are taken to implement an escalation path - how you work to turn that problem into a solution.

Hackers replacing volumetric DDoS attacks with "low and slow" attacks

By the middle of last year, organisations across the UK had woken up to the threat of DDoS attacks that had, by November, increased in frequency by a massive 91 percent over Q1 2017 and 35 percent over Q2 figures.

Four DDoS myths exposed as false

Four prevalent myths about DDoS are that: DDoS only hits big brands; every DDoS attack is the same; protection is too expensive; all solutions are the same - but each of these beliefs is false.

Google offers free DDoS protection services, and is removing HTTPS padlock

Googler olls out afree DDoS protection platform 'Project Shield' to protect news sites and free expression to defend the democratic process. Its also removing its 'green padlock' for HTTPS websites; HTTP sites to be marked 'insecure'

Dutch Police & NCA lead takedown of world's largest DDoS marketplace

Operation Power Off, led by the Dutch Police and the UK's National Crime Agency, supported by Europol and a dozen other law enforcement agencies led to arrests of the administrators of DDoS marketplace webstresser.org.

Counting the costs of DDoS attacks - prepare in advance

If your business has an online presence or internet-facing network infrastructure, you really need to understand the significant threat posed by DDoS attacks today and put measures in place now to mitigate them.

Phishing or Ransomware? Experts dispute which is biggest cyber-threat

Cyber-security executives and business decision makers question whether phishing emails or ransomware attacks are the most potent threats faced, but are businesses equipped to implement all-round risk mitigation strategies?

UK police use DDoS-style attacks on suspected drug dealer's phones

UK police tried DDoS style attacks to disrupt service on suspected drug dealer's phones in cases where they couldn't prosecute but were looking to interfere with the drug trade.

Updated Avzhan DDoS bot spotted in Chinese drive-by attack

A Chinese drive-by attack was recently observed dropping an updated version of the Avzhan DDoS bot, according to Malwarebytes researchers.

Misconfigured memcached server DDoS threat is too powerful to be ignored

DDoS threat actors have started to exploit a known problem with unsecured Memcache servers to launch hugely powerful attacks with little in the way of resource investment required.

'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.

The how and the why: carrying out a comprehensive DNS audit

Using a piecemeal "set and forget" approach to maintaining your DNS security puts your business at risk of cyber-attack. It is akin to closing the vault door, but not checking that it has actually been locked!

Interview. Amazon Web Services CISO: accelerating business while ensuring security

Late last year SC Media UK finally met someone confident that their organisation is GDPR compliant, ready for the new regulations coming into force in May: Stephen Schmidt, CISO, Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Hex-Men Trio using compromised SQL servers to conduct mining, DDoS attacks

A series of cyber-campaigns, jointly known as the Hex-Men Trio, that specifically target SQL Servers in order to use them to conduct additional attacks has been identified by Guardicore Labs.

Increased dark web interest in hacking the leisure and gaming industries.

Given the volumes of cash swashing around, it's no surprise that leisure and gaming industries have become a target for cyber-crime; new reports suggest there is growing interest on the Dark Web in attacks on the gaming industry.

DDoS attacks have doubled in six months, up 91% on first quarter

IoT devices in the dock as DDoS stages a resurgence, but stealth and sophistication also on the rise.

Attack of the cyber-bees: self-learning hivenets to replace botnets in 2018

Highly destructive, self-learning 'swarmbots' driven by hivenets will be the threat trend for next year said Fortinet global security strategist, Derek Manky, speaking at the vendors International Media Conference in Nice this week.

Updated with response: Brother printers & devices vulnerable to DoS attack

Trustwave researchers revealed a vulnerability in Brother consumer and business printers and multi-function devices that can allow a denial of service attack. Brother UK responds.

Bring technologists quickly into leadership positions says ex GCHQ head

News Feature: Interview with ex-GCHQ director Robert Hannigan CMG; tech leaders on the board; terrorists to achieve ability to wreak cyber-chaos in 5 years; DDoS as smokescreen/DDoS Awareness Day; active cyber-defence.

Android malware on Google Play grows botnets, launches DDoS attacks

The Sockbot malware has made its way into at least eight Apps in the Google Play Store with the intent of adding devices to botnets and performing DDoS attacks.

DDoS attacks delay trains, halt transportation services in Sweden

A series of distributed of denial of service attacks aimed at Sweden's transportation services caused train delays and disrupted over travel service earlier this week.

Despite increased spend, why doesn't DDoS mitigation always work?

Newly published research suggests that while there has been a marked increase in spending to mitigate against Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, organisations are still falling victim.

The Undeniable Threat

According to Darren Anstee, the Internet of Things (IoT) brings many capabilities both good and bad - but from a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) perspective it has provided attackers with a new, highly numerous population of devices to compromise.

Hackers threaten South Korean banks with DDoS attacks

KB Kookmin Bank, Shinhan Bank, Woori Bank, KEB Hana Bank, NH Bank and two other South Korean banks were reportedly threatened with DDoS attacks last week.

Bigger & smaller - DDoS threats here to stay with conflicting trends

The noise created by distributed denial of service attacks is higher than ever - with vendors and attackers complicating the picture - but what do enterprises need to worry about?

Wimax routers found to contain backdoors allowing authentication bypass

Old Wimax routers have been found to contain backdoors and could enable hackers to bypass authentication researchers have now disclosed, aiding use for DDoS attacks.

DDoS attacks shorter and more frequent: 80% now take less than an hour

During Q1 2017, a reduction in average DDoS attack duration was witnessed, thanks to the prevalence of botnet-for-hire services that commonly used short, low-volume bursts.