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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A trio of campaigns, jointly known as the Hex-Men Trio, that are going after SQL Servers has been identified by Guardicore Labs.
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.
After an SEC warning about the risks associated with cryptocurrency, Bitfinex came under heavy fire from a reported DDoS attack.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Games company Blizzard Entertainment has reported that a DDoS attack has hit its game servers for World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Hearthstone and other titles.
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 players have been experiencing DDoS attacks from "an anonymous third party" targeting the game's North American data center.
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.