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Evolving DDoS security toward self-defending networks

A new era of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks has arrived. In 2018 DDoS attacks broke the terabit barrier, and have become even more frequent and sophisticated (or vicious) as they now commonly combine several different attack techniques that vary — both in time and geographically — to maximize impact. Even the giants of…
Malware, Security News

Momentum botnet spotted in the wild

A new botnet dubbed Momentum has been found targeting Linux systems running on a variety of different processors and pushing a list of well-known backdoors with the goal of being able to launch DDoS attacks. Trend Micro reported Momentum has been found launching Mirai, Kaiten and Bashlite variants in a series of attacks that use…
Perspectives

Get ready for the next DDoS attack

When the first DDoS attack took place more than 20 years ago, the intent was to disrupt a university, not necessarily cause economic or physical damage. But it was so successful that we saw repeat attacks on major global websites, including Amazon, Yahoo and CNN. Today, DDoS has become one of the more damaging cyberthreats…
Akamai NOCC
Coronavirus, Security News, Website/Web Server Security

Rise in DDoS attacks lost in pandemic

Though they might get lost in all the other security threats exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, DDoS attacks, unsurprisingly, ticked up during the first part of 2020, most handily absorbed by the internet backbone – and the defensive efforts of targeted companies. Disruptions at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon and streaming companies in mid-June stoked…
Botnet2
Malware, Security News

Roboto Botnet network building, DDoS not a priority

A security research firm has been tracking a botnet that first popped onto its radar back in August that for some reason declines to make use of its DDos capabilities. The first bit of evidence found on the Roboto botnet was when the 360 Netlab team detected a suspicious ELF file in August and then…
Security News

Outages draw speculation of DDoS attack on U.S. but reality likely more ‘boring’

A series of outages at mobile providers, ISPs, streaming services, games and social media platforms prompted speculation Monday that the U.S. could be under a massive coordinated DDoS attack, though security experts said that scenario seemed unlikely. Customers at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon reported cell service disruptions while the Downdetector plotted reports of outages…
Diluted Freedom Act passes House to privacy advocates' dismay
cyberattack, Security News

Campaign staffer’s husband arrested for DDoSing former Rep. Katie Hill’s opponent

The husband of a campaign staffer for former Rep. Katie Hill, D-CA., was arrested by the FBI for allegedly launching four DDoS attacks against the former congresswoman’s primary opponent. Arthur Dam was arrested on February 21 by FBI agents and charged with one count of intentionally damaging and attempting to damage a protected computer. In…
Government/Defense, Security News

Iranian internet attacked Saturday, knocked partially offline

An extensive, several-hour-long interruption to Iran’s telecom infrastructure and internet hit that took place on February 8 that was likely caused by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. The non-governmental organization Netblocks reported that at 11:45 a.m. local time Iranian internet connectivity from that country’s primary network operators was down by 25 percent eventually…
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