DDoS News, Articles and Updates

DDoS round-up: Russia claims election website was attacked; New tool offers memcached amplification attacks

Russian officials are claiming their Central Election Commission's website repelled a distributed denial of attack last Sunday during the country's national elections, which incumbent President Vladimir Putin predictably won in a landslide victory.

'Kill switch' counters the memcached vulnerability

The countermeasure benignly "suppresses" a memcached DDoS attack threat, while leaving compromised servers online, says Corero, which disclosed the fix to national security agencies, as well as its customers.

Researchers identify extortion as motive behind memcached DDoS attacks

The adversaries who have been abusing exposed memcached servers to launch amplified distributed denial of service attacks have been including a ransom note amidst their flood of malicious packets, according to researchers from Cybereason who now suspect the actors' true motivation is extortion.

GitHub rides out record-breaking DDoS attack that leveraged memcached servers

GitHub on Wednesday withstood the largest-ever recorded distributed denial of service attack in history, experiencing roughly 10 minutes of disruption during the onslaught, which was amplified using exposed memcached servers -- a vector that has seen a significant increase in abuse since last month.

Flurry of ultra-amplified attacks point to UDP port emanating from memcached servers

Cloudflare on its website explains how it was the target of a 196-Gbps SSDP (Simple Service Discovery Protocol) attack with far greater power than usually seen in cybersecurity circles.

FYI, the OMG Mirai botnet variant turns IoT devices into proxy servers

A newly discovered variant of Mirai botnet malware forces infected devices to act as proxy servers capable of protecting the anonymity of cybercriminals engaging in illegal activities.

Californian may not see stars for years after conviction for DDoS attack against telescope retailer

A California man was convicted of launching a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against telescope retailer Astronomics and the online astronomy forum the company runs called Cloudy Nights along.

Business Wire under sustained DDoS attack, traffic slowed

No client data is believed to have been compromised during a week-long DDoS attack on the Business Wire portal, the company's COO said in an alert.

Final Fantasy network recovers after losing health points to DDoS attack

The network hosting the role-playing video game Final Fantasy XIV experienced significant disruptions for three hours yesterday as the result of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.

Hacking initial coin offerings leading to the loss of millions in cryptocurrency

Initial coin offerings (ICO) are losing about 10 percent of all ICO funds generated to cyberattack due to poor security as malicious actors take advantage of the absence of a centralized authority, blockchain transaction irreversibility and information chaos that presides over this sector.

Defense Dept. blocks 36M malicious emails daily, fends off 600 Gbps DDoS attacks

The agency also has thwarted distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks as large as 600 Gbps and expects those attacks to grow to a terabyte or more.

New Mexico man pleads guilty to DDoS attacks against former employers, law enforcement

Gammell pleaded guilty before Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright in a Minnesota District court to one count of conspiracy to commit intentional damage to a protected computer.

Report: Chinese cyberspies targeted Western think tanks with spy tools, DDos attacks in Q4

At least four Western think tanks and two non-government organizations were targeted in Chinese cyber espionage activities this past October and November, according to a new report from CrowdStrike.

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

A trio of campaigns, jointly known as the Hex-Men Trio, that are going after SQL Servers has been identified by Guardicore Labs.

Three plead guilty to creating Mirai IoT botnet malware

Three men have pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related to the creation of the Mirai Internet of Things botnet malware, variants of which have been used in a series of debilitating distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

DDoS attack paralyzes Bitfinex

After an SEC warning about the risks associated with cryptocurrency, Bitfinex came under heavy fire from a reported DDoS attack.

Anonymous targets Spanish government sites in Catalan independence controversy

Hackers from the vigilante group Anonymous targeted websites run by Spain's Ministry of Public Works and Transport on Oct. 21 in support of the Catalan independence movement.

DDoS attacks delay trains, stymie 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 'Phantom' Menace? Extortionists threaten websites with DDoS attack

A cybercriminal group identifying itself as Phantom Squad has launched an email-based extortion campaign against thousands of businesses, threatening to debilitate their websites with a DDoS attack on Sept. 30 if they do not pay a ransom of .2 bitcoins.

DDoS'd online poker site CEO contemplating posting reward to find attacker

The online poker site America's Cardroom was hit earlier this week with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack timed to disrupt a major tournament prompting the company CEO to consider putting a 10-bitcoin bounty out to discover if the attack was launched by a competitor.

Researchers unite to quash 'WireX' DDoS botnet composed of Android devices

Security researchers from at least seven major companies collaborated this month to subdue a DDoS botnet composed of compromised Android devices operating in more than 100 different countries.

World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Hearthstone and other games hit by DDoS

Games company Blizzard Entertainment has reported that a DDoS attack has hit its game servers for World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Hearthstone and other titles.

Hackers threaten South Korean banks with DDoS attacks following record ransomware payment

The Armada Collective hacking group has issued a $315,000 ransom demand to seven South Korean banks, after threatening to launch distributed denial of service attacks against each of their organizations.

Final Fantasy XIV hit with ongoing DDoS attack

Final Fantasy XIV players have been experiencing DDoS attacks from "an anonymous third party" targeting the game's North American data center.

DHS and FBI dish out details on North Korea's APT group Hidden Cobra

The DHS and FBI on Tuesday jointly released a technical alert detailing IP addresses, infrastructure and tools used by Hidden Cobra, a North Korean advanced persistent threat group better known as the Lazarus Group.