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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…
Denial of Service attacks, ransomware
Ransomware, Security News

Intezer successfully shuts down QNAPCrypt ransomware campaigns

The security firm Intezer reported it had successfully shut down 15 active ransomware campaigns using the eCh0raix or QNAPCrypt variant with denial of service attacks. The Intezer, which identifies the malware as QNAPCrypt while Anomali dubbed it eCh0raix, DoS operation was a bit different from a normal DoS attack. Instead of bombarding the malicious actors…
Network Security, Security News

Cloudflare CEO blames massive CPU usage for outage

Cloudflare’s CEO is blaming a spike in CPU usage worldwide for the service outage on July 2 that knocked its own website along with many of its clients offline. Matthew Prince, CEO of the content delivery network, also tweeted that there is no evidence the outage was a result of an attack and he did…
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…
RCE bug found in platform that powers Wikipedia, other "Wiki" sites
cyberattack, Security News

Wikipedia knocked offline by DDoS attack

Wikipedia was hit late last week with a sustained DDoS attack knocking it offline in many parts of the world. Wikipedia’s parent organization Wikimedia posted a statement on Sept. 7 saying it was under attack and working to return to normal operations, but posted on Twitter on Sept. 6 that it was suffering intermittent outages.…
Ransomware, Security News

DDoS and ransomware tools for starter and experienced cybercriminals exposed

A pair of new malware-as-a-service schemes have been uncovered with one designed as an easy to use point of entry for beginner DDoS attackers, while the second offers a sliding commission pay scale that rises if more ransomware victims are infected. The Fortinet research team of Rommel Joven and Evgeny Ananin has dived into a…
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…
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