Botnet

MasterCard.com brought down in apparent Wikileaks-motivated internet attack

MasterCard’s website was knocked offline following what appears to be a WikiLeaks-inspired internet attack by hacktivists against it.

Once again, a denial-of-service attack is a hactivist’s best friend – but don’t forget they’re illegal.

World Cup DDoS blackmailer sentenced to jail

A man who extorted money out of online gambling websites in the run-up to the 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa has been sent to jail.

Spam king faces jail after admitting child sex charges

One of the world’s most notorious spammers faces jail after admitting that he had sex with under-age girls.

WordPress.com targeted by DDoS attack

WordPress.com, home to millions of blogs around the world, is currently being hit by an “extremely large” distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.

Report reveals the dirty dozen top spam-relaying countries

A new report by Sophos has revealed the top twelve spam-relaying countries – and, once again, it’s bad news for the United States.

Are DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks against the law?

Is it sensible to volunteer to be part of a distributed denial-of-service attack? Learn first about the legality, and the other DDoSers who may have gone before you, and ended up in jail.

Scottish hacker jailed for 18 months after widespread malware attack

Do you remember the widespread Stinx malware attack in 2006?

M00p cybercrime gang member Matthew Anderson, aka “warpigs”, has been sentenced to jail by a British court.

Man jailed for DDoS attack against Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter and Rudy Giuliani

Just because you don’t agree with someone’s political views isn’t a good reason to launch a distributed denial-of-service attack against them. Former student pays the price for botnet activities.

M00p virus-writing gang member pleads guilty

A Scottish computer hacker has pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court to breaking the Computer Misuse Act, after spreading malware around the world.

Man convicted: a story of sadistic revenge, online sex and DDoS attacks

Read more in my article at Naked Security.

‘Mastermind’ of Mariposa botnet arrested

Read more in my article at Naked Security.

Kill A Zombie Day – Will you join the fight on Halloween?

Sophos declares October 31st to be International Kill A Zombie Day, dedicated to cleaning-up the millions of computers around the world that have been comandeered by criminals to send spam, distribute malware, and commit identity theft.

20 hippos trying to get through a revolving door

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks have been hitting the headlines more than normal in the last week following a number of high profile news stories.