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Telegram blames China for DDoS disruptions during Hong Kong unrest

Telegram pointed the finger at Chinese state-sanctioned actors yesterday after a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack overwhelmed its servers as protests were taking place in Hong Kong. “We’re currently experiencing a powerful DDoS attack, Telegram users in the Americas and some users from other countries may experience connection issues,” the encrypted messaging service said…

Flaw in Confluence collaboration products exploited to deliver GandCrab, AESDDoS Botnet malware

Malicious actors have been serving up GandCrab ransomware and a variant of AESDDoS Botnet malware by exploiting a recently patched vulnerability in two “Confluence” team collaboration products from Australia-based Atlassian. GandCrab is a malicious encryption program that first emerged in early 2018, while the AESDDoS variant is a more versatile program capable of remote code…

Report: Ecuadorian websites besieged by cyberattacks following Julian Assange’s arrest

Since Julian Assange’s arrest and removal from London’s Ecuadorian embassy last week, the websites of Ecuador’s public institutions have been subjected to roughly 40 million cyberattacks, Agence France-Presse reported yesterday. The attacks have primarily originated from the U.S., Brazil, Ecuador itself, and European nations including the Netherlands, Germany, Romania, France, Austria and the UK, said…

IoT devices attacked faster than ever, DDoS attacks up dramatically: Netscout

Cybercriminals upped their game in a big way in 2018, dramatically increasing the number and severity of DDoS attacks and refining their IoT attacks to entirely new levels. The main takeaway from Netscout’s Threat Report that looked at the second half of 2018 was that cybercriminals built and used cheaper, easier-to-deploy and more persistent malware…

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

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

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

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…

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