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bitdefender.com

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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Smashing Security #111: When rivals hack, and ‘extreme’ baby monitors

Why a business spat resulted in Liberia falling off the internet, how the US Government shutdown is impacting website security, and the perplexing world of extreme IoT devices.

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 Zoë Rose.


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bitdefender.com

California’s ban on weak default passwords isn’t going to fix IoT security

Getting rid of hardcoded default passwords is not enough. There is a long way to go before we can feel confident that IoT devices have become significantly safer.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.


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tripwire.com

The makers of the Mirai IoT-hijacking botnet are sentenced

Three men who operated and controlled the notorious Mirai botnet in October 2016 have been sentenced to five years of probation.

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


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tripwire.com

The Mirai botnet: three men plead guilty after weaponizing the Internet of Things

The Mirai botnet launched an attack on the internet, the scale of which had never been seen before.

And now some of its perpetrators have admitted their criminal involvement.

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


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bitdefender.com

Reaper IoT botnet could be more devastating than Mirai

Think the Mirai botnet which launched a DDoS attack that knocked major websites offline last year was bad?

It’s possible that you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Box blog.


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welivesecurity.com

Spiderman pleads guilty to knocking 900,000 German broadband routers offline

It seems that Spiderman is in a spot of trouble, tangled in a web of his own making.

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


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For a while the infamous Mirai botnet could have exploited your IoT devices to mine Bitcoins

IoT-exploiting malware like Mirai is continually evolving, as online criminals look for new ways to make money.

David Bisson reports.


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When it comes to security, TalkTalk is all talk talk…

British broadband provider TalkTalk is being criticised for its poor handling of a security incident affecting its customers.

No surprise there then.


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TalkTalk and Post Office customers lose internet access as routers hijacked

Thousands of TalkTalk and Post Office customers in the UK have been cut off from the internet for days.

The reason? A malicious attack against poorly-protected broadband routers.


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welivesecurity.com

900,000 Germans knocked offline, as critical router flaw exploited

The Internet of insecure Things strikes again. As many as 900,000 Deutsche Telekom customers were knocked offline on Sunday and Monday as an attempt was made to hijack broadband routers into a botnet.

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


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Did the Mirai botnet knock Liberia offline? Not so much

A story spread like wildfire across the world’s media claiming that the small West African country of Liberia had been blasted off the internet by a massive DDoS attack.

But don’t be too quick to believe everything you read in the papers…


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‘Good’ anti-Mirai worm is pulled from Github following backlash

An anti-worm worm, designed to clean-up the Internet of insecure Things, has had its code pulled from Github.

Which is probably a good thing.


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Could a ‘good worm’ save the Internet of Things from the Mirai botnet?

Researcher Leo Linsky calls his creation an “anti-worm worm (or nematode)”.

I call it a potential breach of computer crime legislation.

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


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welivesecurity.com

Webcam firm recalls hackable devices after mighty Mirai botnet attack

Chinese firm says it will recall vulnerable components, but as long as insecure devices continue to be attached to the internet, there will be opportunities for malicious hackers to exploit them and use them for their own ends.

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


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For rent: An IoT botnet to take down much of the internet

Want to hire 100,000 IoT devices to launch a massive denial-of-service attack? That will cost just $7,500.

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


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