Industry News Listing

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Evil New DDoS Botnet Lurking in the Darkness
- Darlene Storm
11 August 2010
Read Full Story on Computer World
From the dark side comes an ominous new botnet called Darkness that researchers say is quite impressive and is targeting a wide variety of websites. In the last month, Darkness has become a very active DDoS network being controlled by several domains hosted in Russia. Darkness operators are boasting that it can take down larges sites with only 1,000 bots and for as little as $50 a day. According to Shadowserver Foundation analysis, the botnet "Destination Darkness Outlaw System"(D.D.O.S), aka "Darkness" is said to have superior performance to BlackEnergy and Illusion botnets. "Upon testing, it was observed that the throughput of the attack traffic directed simultaneously at multiple sites was quite impressive. . . . As with BlackEnergy, 'Darkness' is easy to purchase, easy to deploy, and is very effective and efficient in what it does."
Denial-of-service got Twitter. Is your network next?
- Dave Rosenberg
08 August 2010
Read Full Story on CNet News
On Thursday, Twitter was taken down by a denial-of-service attack, while Facebook suffered related problems. And other social/media sites like Gawker and Live Journal were hampered by attacks as well. These attacks illustrate just how crucial network security is in a world where organized cyberattacks can bring down even the most prominent sites. While the news cycle is quickly headed to the point of diminishing returns (lots of ruminations on DDoS, where the attacks originated, and how it was done), I've yet to see posts on how such attacks can be prevented.
AusCert 2010: Australia protected by anti-DDoS vigilantes - Slow moving legislative reform could be hindering our ability to protect against DDoS attacks
- Darren Pauli
16 May 2010
Read Full Story on Computer World
An informal, low-lying group of sharp minds might be the world's best defence against Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, but legal uncertainty is hindering their capabilities. These IT vigilantes do not fill out forms to join; nor do they answer to a hierarchy. Moreover, the loose members of this almost shadow group resist formalised structures, and some refuse to be identified. Their meeting places are not offices, but the grounds of IT conferences, bars and website forums.
Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks
- Ellen Nakashima
03 February 2010
Read Full Story on The Washington Post
Under an agreement that is still being finalized, the National Security Agency would help Google analyze a major corporate espionage attack that the firm said originated in China and targeted its computer networks, according to cybersecurity experts familiar with the matter. The objective is to better defend Google -- and its users -- from future attack. Google and the NSA declined to comment on the partnership. But sources with knowledge of the arrangement, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the alliance is being designed to allow the two organizations to share critical information without violating Google's policies or laws that protect the privacy of Americans' online communications. The sources said the deal does not mean the NSA will be viewing users' searches or e-mail accounts or that Google will be sharing proprietary data.
China takes steps to toughen hacking laws
- Owen Fletcher
01 February 2010
Read Full Story on Computer World
Chinese police and judicial officials are formulating new measures that govern how hacking crimes are handled by courts, the country's latest step to strengthen its cyber laws, state media reported. China's police are working with the country's highest investigative organ and the Supreme People's Court to release a judicial interpretation on hacking crimes, according to the People's Daily, the official paper of the Communist Party, citing a Chinese police representative. The report gave no details, but such documents are used to direct lower-level Chinese courts on how to apply laws.
Botnet targets major Web sites with junk SSL connection
- Jeremy Kirk
01 February 2010
Read Full Story on Network World
More than 300 Web sites are being pestered by infected computers that are part of the Pushdo botnet, according to security researchers. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Twitter and PayPal are among the sites being hit, although it doesn't appear the attacks are designed to knock the sites offline, said Steven Adair, of The Shadowserver Foundation, a group that tracks botnets. Shadowserver was tipped off to the Pushdo issue by Joe Stewart, director of malware analysis at vendor SecureWorks.
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