DDoS News, Articles and Updates

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.

Mini but mighty: Beware minor DDoS attacks that mask graver threats, warns report

Despite detecting an increase in large DDoS attacks in Q1, Corero Network Security has reported that the greatest DDoS threat currently comes from smaller attacks designed to either hide other malicious activities or set the stage for future malicious actions.

Russia blamed for DDoS attacks on Baltic Power grid

The Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian power grids have all been targeted by Russia undergoing a series of limited Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) over the last few years that may be probing for weaknesses.

FCC claims DDoS, not John Oliver fans advocating net neutrality, slowed site

The Federal Communications Commission blamed a website slowdown to DDoS attacks not a charge of protests led by "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver.

UK's Alan Mudd sentenced to two years for creating Titanium Stresser DDoS malware

Alan Mudd was sentenced to two years in a young offender's institution by a UK court for creating, selling and using Distributed Denial of Service malware.

Asian Interpol operation finds nearly 9,000 CnC servers

Investigators from seven Southeast Asian nations collaborated on a joint Interpol operation that identified approximately 8,800 C2 servers in eight countries and nearly 270 compromised websites, including government portals.

Attackers Strut Their Stuff, exploiting Apache Struts 2 framework to serve ransomware

Bad actors have been leveraging a disclosed remote code execution exploit in Apache Struts 2 to launch an evolving array of malicious campaigns, including Cerber ransomware attacks, against machines that still use unpatched versions of the software.

Trend Micro details new IoT DDoS threat

Trend Micro is reporting a new threat to Linux-based Internet of Things devices that is specifically able to exploit a specific vulnerability in surveillance cameras made by AVTech.

Almost all organizations lack the technology to defend against cyberattacks, Tripwire

A new survey shows that just 3 percent of IT security professionals believe their organization has the technology in place to deal with the most common cyber problems that they face.

Hackers use Mirai code, blended tactics to launch DDoS attack in 2016

The release of the Mirai botnet source code late last summer set the stage for the series of massive DDoS attacks that took place during the closing months of 2016, a new report said.

SQL Sequel: Sequel Slammer worm resurfaces after more than a decade

SQL Slammer, a fast-moving worm that generated a wave of distributed denial of service attacks in 2013, mysteriously resumed high levels of activity in late 2016 after more than a decade of dormancy.

South Korean authorities worry about DDoS attacks ahead of elections

A new report from a South Korean government agency, the country is at risk of DDoS attacks ahead of the country's possible election

100% increase in DDoS highlights growing scale of attacks across EMEA

A 100 percent increase in F5 DDoS customers was spotted in Q1 (October through December 2016), compared to the same period in 2015.

Leet Botnet vies with Mirai for 2016 DDoS crown

The Leet Botnet may have wrested the 2016 crown as most powerful distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack from Mirai with a 650 Gigabit per second (Gbps) attack launched early last week.

PSN, Xbox gamers score as DDoS attack threats prove empty

Millions of gamers were spared any downtime over Christmas as pre-holiday threats by LizardSquad, PhantomSquad and R.I.U. Star Patrol to take down PlayStation Network and Xbox Live proved hollow.