DDoS Attacks

DDoS attack almost crashes children's hospital website

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Officials haven't confirmed a DDoS scheme, but noted the attackers hit the hospital's website with large attacks designed to overwhelm it with traffic.

Alleged fight between anti-spam group and blacklisted company incites massive DDoS

Alleged fight between anti-spam group and blacklisted company incites massive DDoS

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Spam-fighting nonprofit Spamhaus says the DDoS attacks began more than a week ago.

Hacktivists forecast continued DDoS campaign for banks

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DDoS attacks against financial institutions in the U.S. may continue unless an anti-Muslim film is pulled offline, hacktivists allege. But a New York Times report said Iran is actually behind the bank website disruptions.

Man arrested for encouraging DDoS on UK gov sites

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An unnamed man from Staffordshire, England, was arrested and questioned about his involvement in plans to DDoS websites for the Home Office and Home Secretary Theresa May.

FBI rolls out round-the-clock cyber crime team

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One of the chief aims of the new program will be to determine which adversaries are behind cyber attacks against businesses and critical infrastructure.

The danger of threat hyperbole

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Just skimming the headlines last week, one would think cyber space blew up. But it was just a few DDoS attacks. And with a White House cyber security executive order looming, it's critical that all stakeholders act with reason.

"High" threat alert issued in midst of bank site incidents

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During a week of highly publicized website issues affecting Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase customers, a financial services industry body raised the cyber threat level in a warning to institutions.

Anonymous leads attacks over Assange, Pussy Riot handling

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Online attacks this week by the hacktivist group protested treatment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Russian band Pussy Riot. The targeted websites appear to again be functioning normally.

WikiLeaks undergoing massive denial-of-service attack

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The attacks are arriving as the whistleblower site continues publishing new information related to Stratfor, the global affairs firm that hacker collective Anonymous infiltrated late last year to steal roughly five million emails.

Easily available tools, botnets contribute to DDoS rise

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Distributed denial-of-service attacks continue to grow in volume and complexity, and are also increasingly being used as a distraction from other criminal activities, according to Arbor Networks.

Video: CloudFlare protects -- and defends against -- hackers

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SC Magazine's Dan Kaplan sat with the co-founder and CEO of CloudFlare, Matthew Prince, to discuss the company's stance on security when it comes to protecting its dynamic customer base.

Cyber crime as a market

Cyber crime as a market

Information security experts often talk about the costs of cybercrime to businesses, but a new report from Russia quantifies how much criminals make in the "cybercrime market."

Russian cyber crime market more organized, lucrative

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Traditional mafia groups are entering the cyber crime scene in Russia, which is leading to more centralization and professionalization -- and bigger profits.

Facebook users experience two-hour blackout

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Facebook users in Europe experienced a two-hour blackout that the company describes as "technical difficulties."

RSA Conference 2012: CloudFlare's three weeks with LulzSec

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A cloud-based start-up counted Lulz Security as a customer for three weeks last June, and the company's CEO took to the stage at the RSA Conference to recount what went down.

Hacktivist-led DDoS is now the most common type, study finds

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DDoS attackers motivated by social or political purposes are more common than conventional criminals out for financial gain, concluded a new report from Arbor Networks.

Anonymous shutters government, music industry sites

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In a reprisal for the government's takedown of MegaUpload.com, the hacker group Anonymous has apparently shuttered recording and movie industry websites, as well as the U.S. Department of Justice.

Game play: A case study in security

Game play: A case study in security

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It's not all fun and games at Brady Distribution Co., a supplier of arcade entertainment, especially when malware and DDoS attacks are involved. Learn how the organization fought against the threat.

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