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Cybercrime Fight Costing Companies More This Year
- John P. Mello Jr.
01 August 2011
Read Full Story on PC World Online
It's also getting more difficult to defend against intruders, Ponemon noted. "Some of these intruders throw a one-two punch," he said. At the front door, there's a denial of service attack that consumes a defender's resources, he explained, but at the same time other attacks are launched on the defender's position - an insider threat, for instance, and proliferating botnet software.
Fake Java Update uses your PC in DDoS Offensive
- Loredana Botezatu
19 July 2011
Read Full Story on Malwarecity
Software patches, allegedly missing codecs and Flash Player or Java updates have been quite often used as baits in order to lure computer users into installing malware. We have recently come across this type of malware dissembling as a regular update to the Java platform. Closer investigation on the file revealed more than meets the eye: a carefully-crafted piece of malware that is extremely viral (i.e. spreads using an array of media) and can be used as a powerful tool to initiate distributed denial-of-service attacks.
DDoS attacks rise in number, thanks to free tools
13 July 2011
Read Full Story on SC Magazine
The Internet Crime Complaint Center on Thursday warned of a growing number of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, many of which have been motivated by reasons not related to financial gain. In a report detailing the latest scams, IC3, a partnership of the FBI and National White Collar Crime Center, said a number of websites, including many belonging to gaming companies, have come under recent attack by hacking groups. "Open source of intelligence indicates that some of the attacks are supposedly in response to the company itself, while other attacks are in response to group rivalries," the report said, adding that hacking collectives, receiving coverage in the media, have been able to influence widespread participation in DDoS assaults. The uptick in DDoS, a style of attack that is at least a decade old, is largely attributable to tools such as the open-source Low Orbit Ion Cannon -- a type of voluntary botnet -- or more traditional networks of compromised computers, which can be rented for as little as $10 per hour for up to 50,000 nodes, experts said. "[DDoS has] been around forever, but it's way more accessible now," Eric Hemmendinger, senior product manager for managed security services at Tata Communications, told SCMagazineUS.com on Thursday. "All that translates in internet terms to that you don't have to be a rocket scientist to do this anymore. For short money, you can get command-and-control for an hour of a very large number of nodes to inflict an attack on the target of your choice." He said many organizations and their hosting providers lack the means to detect and ward off particularly vicious DDoS attacks, ones that could measure multiple gigabits per second. "Once the attack starts, if you're concerned with what you can do in the [first] 12 to 24 hours, you're pretty much limited to the resources you have on hand or your service provider has on hand," Hemmendinger said. "What it comes down to is if you perceive yourself as potentially being a target, then waiting to become a target is not a smart strategy." IC3 cited a number of complaints it received. In one case, an e-commerce company reported absorbing 165 million hits over a three-day period. In another, attackers bombarded a banking website with 8,000 hits per second to its login page, crippling access. "It's not really for financial gain as opposed to a lot of the other fraud reported through (IC3)," Tim Gallagher, a supervisory special agent, told SCMagazineUS.com. "In general, they're not economically based crimes [and are] usually [done] to get across some sort of message." But the IC3 did say that some recent attacks have been used to distract victims from more pernicious actions occurring on their networks, such as attempts to extract sensitive data. And while Hemmendinger admitted that there have been a string of headlines in recent months of DDoS attacks conducted for political reasons, such as ones against companies that cut ties with whistleblower website WikiLeaks, he said a huge chunk of cases are motivated by extortion. Meanwhile, the IC3 alert also warned of a ramp up in extortion emails targeting physicians, fake donation sites and messages purporting to be from the FBI but which actually contain a trojan.
CIA website taken down by DDoS attack
- Dan Raywood
15 June 2011
Read Full Story on SC Magazine
The hacking group LulzSec has hit the US government for the second time in a week, taking down the website of the CIA. A spokesperson told Reuters that its website was taken down, but that the group were prevented from accessing any sensitive data. According to the news agency, this attack was similar to the attack on the Senate in that hackers broke into the public site and downloaded information. Martina Bradford, deputy Senate sergeant-at-arms, said: “They're getting nothing but the attacks continue. We've been able to stay ahead of the hackers and keep them out of the main Senate network." LulzSec initially said that 'Tango down - cia.gov - for the lulz' on Twitter, by way of claiming responsibility.
WordPress taken down by extremely large DDoS attack
- Dan Raywood
03 March 2011
Read Full Story on SC Magazine
The blog-hosting site WordPress was hit by a huge distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack last night, leaving bloggers and visitors locked out. WordPress.com's parent Automattic confirmed that the site was ‘being targeted by an extremely large DDoS attack which is affecting connectivity in some cases'. A statement from Automattic's Sara Rosso said: “The size of the attack is multiple Gigabits per second and tens of millions of packets per second. “We are working to mitigate the attack, but because of the extreme size, it is proving rather difficult. At this time, everything should be back to normal as the attack has subsided, but we are actively working with our upstream providers on measures to prevent such attacks from affecting connectivity going forward.”
WordPress hit by 'extremely large' DDoS attack
- Josh Lowensoh
02 March 2011
Read Full Story on CNet News
Blog host WordPress.com was the target of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack earlier today described by the company as the largest in its history. As a result, a number of blogs--including those that are a part of WordPress' VIP service--suffered connectivity issues. That includes the Financial Post, the National Post, TechCrunch, along with the service's nearly 18 million hosted blogs. Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-20038874-83.html#ixzz1VlJCIdKR
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