Denial of Service

Smashing Security #081: Hacker no-hopers, Wessex Water has a word, and we win an award

The ‘mastermind’ behind the Owari botnet doesn’t seem to have learnt anything from his victims, someone at Wessex Water forgets to remove an embarrassing sentence from a letter sent to customers, and we’re officially the best security podcast!

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, with cameo appearances by John Hawes, John Leyden, Paul Ducklin, and Mikko Hyppönen.


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Text bombs and ‘Black Dots of Death’ plague WhatsApp and iMessage users

Please don’t be tempted to try any of these text bomb attack out on anyone else, even as a prank. It’s simply not funny.

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


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Online poker site bombarded by DDoS attacks, pauses tournaments

One of the world’s oldest online poker websites has been forced to pause its online tournaments after suffering a series of distributed denial-of-service attacks.

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


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Website down! DDoS-for-hire site Webstresser shut by crime agencies

International law enforcement agencies have forced offline a website believed to be the world’s biggest marketplace for hiring distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

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


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Lizard Squad member jailed after offering DDoS-for-hire attack service

“Hacker-for-hire” service that launched distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against websites and phone-bombed its victims.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.


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World record broken again! DDoS attack exceeds 1.7 terabits per second

Just days after it was revealed that a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on GitHub had been measured at a record-breaking peak of 1.35 terabits per second, another attack has raced past, and claimed the world record at a mind-blowing 1.7 Tbps.

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


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GitHub was hit by the most powerful DDoS attack in history

Last week GitHub was the victim of the largest distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack in history.


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Signal and Telegram messaging services offline for some hours

Users of the popular encrypted messaging services Signal and Telegram have been reporting problems accessing the services.


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Jail for man who launched DDoS attacks against Skype, Google, and Pokemon Go

A British man has been sentenced to two years in jail after admitting to a series of computer crime offences, which included over 100 attempts to knock the likes of Google, Skype and Nintendo’s popular video game Pokemon Go offline.

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


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Satori botnet rears its head, exploiting IoT vulnerabilities

A new IoT botnet has quietly hijacked more than 100,000 routers, readying them for paralysing distributed denial-of-service attacks against websites.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.


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Naked rowers calendar hit by denial-of-service attack following Russia ‘ban’

“If they can’t cope with a few naked bums, then frankly that’s quite sad.”


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Smashing Security #052: Facebook tackles vengeful scumbags, and a sex toy privacy boob

Is your sex toy listening to you? Do you trust Facebook with your most intimate photos? And just how did a vengeful DDoSer come up with that nickname?

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


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UK National Lottery knocked offline by DDoS attack

The UK National Lottery website and smartphone app are taken offline as a DDoS attack strikes.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.


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Spammed-out emails threaten websites with DDoS attack on September 30th

Websites are being told that they have until September 30th to pay extortionists $720 worth of Bitcoin, or else suffer a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.


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Vendor-neutral smart car bug has ‘dangerous’ and ‘even fatal’ consequences

“You could disable the air bags, the anti-lock brakes, or the door locks, and steal the car,” says researcher.

David Bisson reports.


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South Korean banks told to pay $315,000 or suffer DDoS wrath

Online extortionists have threatened to launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against seven South Korean banks unless each victim pays up US $315,000 in ransom.

David Bisson reports.


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