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

PSN hacked on Battlefield 1 launch

The PlayStation Network (PSN) went down worldwide on the same day as the launch of Battlefield 1, one of its most anticipated games. The status of PSN is up in the air for users of PS4 and PS3 as it appears the network has been hacked, just like other websites DDoSed earlier today such as Twitter, Github and several other of the world's biggest websites. It's possible these PSN issues have nothing to do with Sony or PlayStation directly, but rather the result of the same hackers. More

Russia prepares to prevent possible US cyber-attacks

Following recent statements by US vice-president Joseph Baiden  that the US is planning to retaliate for presumed Russian hacking of the DNC, Russia says it is making preparations to mitigate the impact of any such attack, while suggesting the US has more to lose.

Sergei Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the US, told SCMagazineUK.com that the US government has not yet provided any evidence that the cyber-attacks on the DNC were organised by Russian hackers. Meanwhile, Yuri Ushakov, the Russian presidential aide, says Russia has already begun designing protective measures.  More

Huge DDoS attack hits Twitter, Github, Spotify and others

Outage at DNS provider Dyn leads to multi-site blackout. A number of websites have been hit by an outage, meaning many users were unable to access sites such as Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify and Shopify.

The cause appears to be a sweeping outage of DNS provider Dyn, as a result of a DDOS attack. On its status update webpage, Dyn said the issue started at 11.10 UTC this morning (21/10/2016). More

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

Mirai botnets like the ones recently used in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on a French internet service provider and a well-known security researcher were at least partly responsible for the waves of DDoS attacks against Dyn DNS that took down Twitter, Spotify, Netflix, GitHub, Amazon and Reddit and other websites Friday, according to a Flashpoint blogpost. More

UK businesses confused over GDPR and Brexit

The Deputy Information Commissioner, Steve Wood says that UK businesses are caught in a confusing place, between looming EU regulation and Brexit. In an interview with Bloomberg BNA, the Wood said that UK companies want a clear idea of what these two clashing, yet profound political tides will hold for those caught in the middle. More