Items tagged with DDoS

It's not often that we learn of a DDoS attack that can be sourced from mobile devices, but as it happens, it's something that's possible on iOS devices not running the latest 8.3 software. The bug isn't exclusive to iOS, however. Because the 'Darwin Nuke' flaw exists in the Darwin kernel, the desktop OS X is also affected. To be protected there, an upgrade to 10.10.3 is required. It's unfortunately not mentioned when this bug first surfaced, but Kaspersky notes that affected devices include the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini - in effect, iOS... Read more...
Think stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from an enterprise organization is difficult? You might be surprised after learning about how the 'Dyre' malware that IBM has been tracking operates. Like most malware, Dyre needs to infect a PC in order to work. This can be done via a number of different methods, but email is the most common. Once someone takes the bait, the waiting game begins for a bank transfer to be made. If the thieves behind Dyre are lucky enough to infect an important PC, an error message will be displayed in the event that a bank transfer is initiated, complete with a phone... Read more...
While so many of us were getting our college basketball on this weekend, Rutgers University was dealing with an entirely different kind of challenge in the form of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. Triggered by the efforts of a malicious entity consisting of two or more people or bots, the intent of a DDoS is to indefinitely interrupt or suspend the services of a host connected to the Internet. The attack on the Rutgers computer networks apparently took place on Friday afternoon and originated in both China and Ukraine, according to NBC New York. In an email sent out Sunday to tens... Read more...
A mere two weeks after Google decided to pull the plug on Google Code, competitor GitHub is experiencing the "largest DDoS attack" in the site's history. While the company itself isn't coming out with it, Baidu acknowledges that a great deal of traffic is coming from China. On GitHub's site, we're told that the attack began on Thursday, and while a number of common attack vectors are being exploited, some new techniques have been brought in: namely, unsuspecting people are having their traffic rerouted and are in effect contributing to the attack. At this point, the blame points to China. GitHub... Read more...
It's starting to look like the Lizard Squad saga is slowly reaching its conclusion, as UK police recently arrested another person with direct ties to the group. That development, however, isn't too interesting today; everything now coming out as a result is quite revealing.Security researcher Brian Krebs has been following Lizard Squad's antics intimately since they began, which has led the group to target much angst against him (though mostly via comments about the size of his forehead). It's a little appropriate, then, that Krebs is the one who gets to break the news about the shoddy construction... Read more...
Sony just hasn’t been able to catch a break for the past few months. The company was first the subject of a hack attack by Guardians of Peace (with perhaps an assist by Lizard Squad) and more recently fell victim to Lizard Squad’s Christmas Day attack on the PlayStation Network (and Microsoft’s competing Xbox Live). While it took Microsoft roughly a day to get its Xbox Live services restored, the PlayStation Network didn’t become fully operational again until late Saturday, December 27. “PlayStation Network is back online. As you probably know, PlayStation Network and some other gaming services... Read more...
The DDoS attacks that brought down Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Network on Christmas Day did not sit well with consumers. But while Kim Dotcom attempted to resolve the issue by giving members of Lizard Squad, the group responsible for the DDoS attacks and looking to profit from its DDoS tool, 3,000 lifetime premium Mega accounts, there are many who wish that the members would be caught. Well, it appears that UK Police took a member of the group into custody. British law enforcement agents arrested 22-year-old Vinnie Omari, a self-professed member of Lizard... Read more...
Lizard Squad has been in the news quite a bit during 2014, and never for a great reason. Just this past week, the so-called 'hacker' group took down both Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's PlayStation online services, and backed off to some extent when Internet legend and Mega founder Kim Dotdom intervened. Finally, after a handful of days offline, the services came back earlier this week.You might think that after causing that mess and putting a serious damper on many holidays, Lizard Squad would take a little break. I mean, at least until 2015? Nope! As 2014 comes... Read more...
The group known as Lizard Squad has certainly been busy. Since last week, the group has taken down multiple MMO companies and various networks that include Sony’s PlayStation Network and Blizzard’s Battle.net. Now Twitch can be added in the long list of targets the group has brought down with its DDoS attacks. The DDoS attacks came the day after it was announced that Amazon had purchased Twitch for $970 million (Twitch is back up). On Tuesday, the day after the announcement, the servers went offline, preventing everyone from watching or streaming. Lizard Squad announced their attack... Read more...
Update, 8/28 - 3:15PM - It looks like the account in question is actually restored and functional at this point. The group's last post was about two hours ago.  We reported earlier this week about a collective called Lizard Group that was not only causing some major hassles for certain MMO companies and its players, but also caused a flight carrying a Sony executive to ground due to a hint of a bomb being on board. While this all played out, Lizard Group kept everyone up to date through its Twitter account, which had no shortage of further threats and taunts. It seemed to take forever, but... Read more...
During the weekend the gaming industry has been suffering from a barrage of DDoS attacks. Blizzard’s Battle.net, League of Legends, and Sony’s PlayStation Network are just some of the games and services that have experienced unexpected downtime. However, it appears one hacker group is claiming responsibility for all of these attacks and more. A group called Lizard Squad has been claiming responsibility for bringing down Battle.net, League of Legends, NCSoft, and Sony’s PlayStation Network over the past week on its Twitter account. As of the posting of this article, the organization... Read more...
The Internet is as wide and wonderful as it is dark and dangerous. So many individuals and groups use it as a powerful platform for advocacy, raising awareness, disseminating “dangerous” (to tyrants) ideas, and more, but all too often those entities face threats from actors looking to censor them, knocking them offline using DDoS attacks. Cloud provider CloudFlare has unveiled something called Project Galileo that seeks to protect against those threats. “CloudFlare is partnering with NGOs and civil society groups to identify outlets for free-expression online,” reads the... Read more...
As unfortunate as it is, DDoSing is as easy to pull off as it is frustrating. With enough computers at their disposal, anyone could force enough traffic to a website in order to take it down, and even massive services are not immune. A perfect example of this is ongoing, with popular social networking site Meetup. This is a site that's ranked in the top 500 globally, but despite that, it's been down more than it's been up since DDoS attacks began on Thursday. Here's what's interesting about this particular DDoS attack: Meetup could stop it for a mere $300. Given the fact that this site spends millions... Read more...
There was a moment there when the Snapchat guys were feeling pretty hot. Their mobile app was exploding in popularity, and Facebook practically begged to buy the service for a cool, but the company rejected the $1 billion offer--and then the $3 billion offer Facebook made thereafter. You could call it chutzpah or hubris, but hey, Mark Zuckerberg turned down insanely lucrative offers for Facebook when he was just a pup, and he went on to build an empire. So there’s some precedent there, but Snapchat probably wasn’t counting on the wildcard problem of being repeatedly hacked to smithereens,... Read more...
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