Tag Archive: DDoS


DDoS Attacks Against Governments More Powerful And Popular Than Ever

 

 

 

” When the protesters hit the streets, expect DDoS attacks to hit the Web. 

  Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are being used against government targets more than ever before, according to new research from Internet infrastructure firm Verisign. The attacks are increasingly powerful, cheap, and easy to deploy.

  DDoS attacks work by flooding a target—a bank, for instance, or a popular website—with data in order to make it crash or unusable for users. It’s not only an easy-to-use, cheap, and effective weapon for hackers, it’s also a goldmine for security firms paid to defend against the attacks.

  DDoS attacks against public-sector targets grew to account for 15 percent of all attacks recorded by the company at the end of 2014. The average size of attacks grew in size by 245 percent, Verisign found.

  DDoS-for-hire services can cost as little as $2 per hour, delivering an easy-to-use but potentially powerful punch to any Internet-connected devices on earth. 

  The DDoS defense market—where Verisign is a major player—is projected to hit $1.6 billion within two years.”

 

Daily Dot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No, Lizard Squad Was Not Responsible For Facebook Outage

 

 

 

” Contrary to suggestions hacker group Lizard Squad took out Facebook, there was almost certainly no attack on the social network and its photo sharing property Instagram, which both went down late last night. According to a source with knowledge of the matter, the downtime was the result of a technical foul up. Facebook is now confirming this in statements to media.

  Some had suspected that Lizard Squad, which was responsible for the Christmas strikes on Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Network, had hit Facebook with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, where a web service is swamped with traffic. But the source said internal issues were to blame and there was no DDoS.

  There’s another big clue that hints there was no DDoS: this was a simultaneous global outage. Facebook is a huge organization, with highly distributed systems. An attacker would have to figure out how to disable all of them at once, which would take high technical ability and knowledge of Facebook’s worldwide networks. Though Lizard Squad has proven itself adept at knocking out big services, it has not shown itself capable of knocking out something as huge as Facebook.”

 

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Anonymous Hacking Attack Lands British Rock Guitarist In Jail

 

 

 

” Geoffrey “Jake” Commander, a rock guitarist who has played with the Electric Light Orchestra, George Harrison and Elton John, among others, walked unnoticed through the halls of the U.S. District Court in Alexandria early Friday afternoon.

  Having been found indigent by a federal judge, the 66-year-old was accompanied by a court-appointed lawyer. Nearly four years to the day earlier, as his attorney put it, Commander, “like the crew of Gilligan’s Island, went on a three-hour tour that led to disastrous consequences.”

  He was one of 13 people charged last year as members of the underground group Anonymous in attacks against financial institutions and other companies. Initially, he faced up to 10 years in federal prison.

  Later, though, the case was quietly downgraded to a misdemeanor. On Friday, Commander was sentenced to 10 days in the Alexandria jail. With credit for one day served already after his arrest, he’ll be out early next week.

  Records hardly depict Commander as a cybercrime mastermind as much as an online surfer who stumbled his way into an unfamiliar chat room. Once there, in what he later would call an “impulsive, spurious and foolish” decision, he clicked on a link that would lead him years later right into the crosshairs of the Justice Department. “

 

Washington Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh , The Horror !

 

 

 

” The National Security Agency’s website has been down for at least 30 minutes. Officials have acknowledged the outage, but won’t say if it was hacked. At least a few Twitter accounts that sound like the elite hacktivist contingent, Anonymous, are taking credit.”

 

Here’s BuzzFeed’s take :

NSA Website Down Amid Reports Of Attack

 

 

 

” The outage came a day after former NSA Director Michael Hayden was overheard speaking in an off-the-record conversation with a journalist, allegedly “bashing” the Obama administration over recent revelations that the NSA had monitored the phone calls of at least 35 world leaders.”

 

 

ZeroHedge:

NSA Website Hacked Ahead Of “Stop Watching Us” Rally

 

Slate:

Did Hackers Just Take Down The NSA’s Website?

 

CNet:

NSA’s Web Site Is MIA, Cause Unclear

 

HuffPost:

NSA Website Offline, Anonymous May Be Claiming Credit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reddit Slammed By Massive Online Attack

 

 

 

 

” Reddit suffered a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack Friday that stretched into the afternoon.

At 6:02 A.M., the Reddit status twitter account tweeted that the website was working to recover from what appeared to be a DDoS. A DDoS is when a botnet is sent out to cripple a server or to steal information from it. The source of the attack has not yet been announced.

A Reddit admin that goes by the username Alienth stated on an AskReddit thread that the person or people attacking the site have “a lot of time and bandwidth on their hands.” Alienth posted a graph a of Reddit’s server load, claiming that none of the admins had ever seen an attack at this scale.

“All we know is it is blatantly malicious,” says a Reddit representative, according to the Huffington Post.”