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U.K. court sentences hacker for Mirai-based DDoS attack against Liberian telecom firm

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The British man who orchestrated a series of DDoS attacks that disrupted Internet access across the African nation of Liberia in November 2016 has been sentenced to two years and eight months in prison. Daniel Kaye, 30, from Egham, Surrey, pleaded guilty last December of using botnets and stressors to bombard Liberian telecom provider Lonestar…

Unhappily ever after: Hospital hacker rescued by Disney cruise ship sentenced to 10 years

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A man convicted of launching DDoS attacks against two Boston-area health care facilities was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Thursday to 10 years in prison. Martin Gottesfeld, 34, of Somerville, Mass., was found guilty last August of attacking Boston Children’s Hospital and the Wayside Youth & Family Support Network back in 2014. Gottesfeld has…

VestaCP supply-chain attack installs DDoS malware

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Hosting control panel solution VestaCP was compromised in a supply chain attack that installed malware used to carry out DDoS attacks. Earlier this week ESET researchers learned the official VestaCP distribution was compromised to install a malware dubbed Linux/ChachaDDoS onto its systems, according to an Oct. 18 blog post. It is unclear how the supply…

DDoS Attacks Target Multiple Games including Final Fantasy XIV, Assassin’s Creed

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A set of DDoS attacks plagued a series of gaming publishers including Final Fantasy XIV’s creator Square Enix and Assassin’s Creed publisher Ubisoft, respectively on the day of the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey launch on Friday. Ubisoft began experiencing connectivity issues around Oct. 4 when the officials first tweeted an alert to users informing them of issues…

FancyBear APT

Seven additional modules make Fancy Bear’s VPNFilter malware even more versatile

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Researchers have discovered seven additional third-stage modules in the VPNFilter malware that has been infecting hundreds of thousands of global networking devices in Ukraine and around the world since at least 2016. Believed to be the creation of Russian APT group Fancy Bear, VPNFilter remains a credible threat, despite recent efforts taken to expose the…

DDoS attack on education vendor hinders access to districts’ online portals

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Multiple school districts are reportedly suffering the effects of a denial of service attack perpetrated against Blaine, Minn.-based Infinite Campus, a third-party online services provider. As a result, district residents may be unable to reliably use services such as the “Parent Portal, through which teachers, parents and students can access information such as grades, class…

election hacking

DDoS attacks took down Calif. Democratic hopeful’s website during primaries

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A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack took down California Democratic congressional hopeful Bryan Caforio’s website just hours before he stepped onto the debate stage to face fellow Democrats. “As I saw firsthand, dealing with cyberattacks is the new normal when running for office, forcing candidates to spend time fending off those attacks when they…

Mirai creators sentenced to probation after assisting FBI with cyber investigations

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Three young men who developed and deployed the original Mirai IoT botnet malware were sentenced on Tuesday in an Alaskan federal court to five years probation – a lenient punishment earned through extensive cooperation with FBI on other cyber investigations. Paras Jha, 22, of Fanwood, N.J.; Josiah White, 21, of Washington, Penn.; and Dalton Norman,…

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