Denial of Service

Ubisoft takes DDoS-for-hire website to court over attacks on video game servers

Video game maker Ubisoft gas filed a lawsuit against the alleged operators of a DDoS-for-hire website, claiming they are “well aware of the harm” the service has caused for the company, after its Rainbow Six: Siege servers were disrupted.

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Man who made $542,925 renting out DDoS services sentenced to prison

A 21-year-old man who made half a million dollars running DDoS-for-hire services has been sentenced to prison for 13 months.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Smashing Security #154: A buttock of biometrics

The UK’s Labour Party kicks off its election campaign with claims that it has suffered a sophisticated cyber-attack, Apple’s credit card is accused of being sexist, and what is Google up to with Project Nightingale?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by John Hawes.

That “sophisticated” Labour cyber-attack – don’t panic

With a drama-filled general election campaign underway in the United Kingdom, the Labour Party says that its systems suffered a “sophisticated and large-scale cyber-attack.”

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World of Warcraft’s suspected DDoS attacker has been arrested

Blizzard, the developers of World of Warcraft Classic, has revealed that a person suspected of orchestrating a disruptive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack against the games’ servers has been arrested.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

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Wikipedia and World of Warcraft Classic targeted by DDoS attacks

Uou can imagine the pain that was caused to pub quiz cheats and students writing essays this weekend when crowd-sourced internet encyclopedia Wikipedia, one of the world’s most popular websites, was hit by a distributed denial-of-service attack.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

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IoT botnet launched massive 13-day DDoS attack against streaming service

Can you put your hand on your heart and say the web application your company has built would be able to handle 292,000 requests per second, from 402,000 different IP addresses?

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.

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Derp! DDoS attacker who brought down EA, Sony, and Steam jailed for 27 months

A 23-year-old man has plenty of time to mull over whether it’s funny to launch distributed denial-of-service attacks against online video gaming services, after he was sentenced to prison this week.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Smashing Security #134: Sextortion, silicone face masks, and a DDoS doofus

Scammers steal millions by impersonating a French politician, we offer fashion tips for DDoS attackers, and hear how a small town fought a sextortionist preying on young women.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Jessica Barker.

Smashing Security #133: Cookie cock-ups, Hong Kong protests, and smart TV virus scans

We head to Hong Kong to look at how technology has helped anti-government protesters (and how China has tried to disrupt it), Samsung is skittish over whether to tell TV owners to virus-scan their devices, and you won’t believe whose website is not GDPR-compliant.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by James Thomson.

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DDoS attack that knocked Telegram secure messaging service offline linked to Hong Kong protests

An attack which targeted users of the Telegram app on Wednesday might be linked to protests in Hong Kong that turned violent.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

Sky Broadband firmware update bricks routers using third-party DNS settings

Some Sky Broadband users are experiencing problems with the latest firmware update that was rolled out to their routers.

Smashing Security #124: Poisoned porn ads, the A word, and why why why Wipro?

The hacker who lived the high life after spreading malware via porn sites, Wipro demonstrates how to turn a cybersecurity crisis into a PR disaster, and why are humans listening in to your Alexa conversations?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by special guest Brian Honan.

Smashing Security #118: The ‘s’ in IoT stands for security

Twerking robot assistants, an app from Saudi Arabia that lets men track women, and a gnarly skiing security snarl-up!

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by technology journalist Geoff White.

Your $350 Nike self-lacing sneakers aren’t as smart as you hoped

Owners of Nike’s “smart” sneakers are up in arms that their $350 footwear had been bricked by a faulty Android app update.

Sometimes simple is better than “smart”.

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Hacker arrested for wave of fake bomb and shooting threats against schools

FBI agents have arrested a 20-year-old man alleged to have been part of a hacking gang which not only launched distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, but also launched a wave of chilling bomb and shooting threats against thousands of schools in the United States and United Kingdom.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.