DDoS News, Articles and Updates

'Bitcoin Baron' sentenced to 20 months for DDoS attack on Madison, Wis.

An Arizona man was sentenced to 20 months in prison and fined after he plead guilty to launching distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against several municipalities, including Madison, Wis., which resulted in taking down the city's 911 system.

DDoS attack aimed at Mexican opposition presidential candidate website during debate

The attack, in which most of the traffic came from Russia and China, was aimed at the National Action Party (PAN) site, which has been critical of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), the front runner in the presidential election.

Mirai variant that struck financial institutions in January detailed

A new variant of the Mirai botnet was used to attack at least three financial institutions earlier this year using a variety of compromised consumer and enterprise level IoT products.

Natus reportedly updates EEG device software to squash RCE, DoS bugs

Health care device manufacturer Natus Medical Incorporated has reportedly updated the software used in its Xltek EEG products, which monitor brain activity, after a researcher discovered five vulnerabilities that a remote, unauthenticated attacker could exploit to trigger code execution of a denial of service condition.

Lizard Squad member Zachary Buchta receives three month sentence

One of the founders of the notorious hacking group Lizard Squad and PoodleCorp was sentenced to three months in prison after having plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit damage to a protected computer.

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.