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DDoS attacks have doubled in a year, says Akamai

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are on the rise, according to cloud service provider Akamai, with more than double the number reported from this time a year ago.

Thirty Meter Telescope website falls over in hacktivist DDoS attack

Hacktivists have launched a distributed denial-of-service attack against the website of TMT (Thirty Meter Telescope), which is planned to be the Northern hemisphere’s largest, most advanced optical telescope.

BBC website goes offline, but Jeremy Clarkson probably not to blame

This weekend, the BBC’s website went offline. The first conclusion many people jump to? It must be the work of Anonymous hacktivists angry about the suspension of Jeremy Clarkson. But how likely is that?

DDoS attack on feminist blog backfires on International Women’s Day

An attempt to silence feminism blog Femsplain backfires on DDoS attackers, as they only help to raise its profile.

British hacker due for sentencing over public service DDoS attacks

A 51 year old man is facing a lengthy prison sentence in the United Kingdom after admitting to a series of distributed denial of service attacks against social housing, social services and crime prevention websites.

Q4 DDoS attacks up 90% on previous quarter

The number of distributed denial-of-service attacks on websites in the final quarter of 2014 was up 90 percent on the previous quarter, according to research from Akamai Technologies.

Lizard Squad DDoS-for-hire service hacked – users’ details revealed

Lizard Squad failed to encrypt its database of LizardStresser’s registered users – storing details of their usernames and passwords in plaintext. A schoolboy error if ever I heard one.

Hacked routers used for paid DDoS attacks

The rent-a-DDoS service that knocked out Xbox Live and Playstation Network is powered by thousands of hacked residential internet routers.

XBox and PSN attacks were “marketing scheme” for Lizard Squad’s DDoS service

The attack which knocked the PlayStation Network (PSN) and Xbox Live offline over Christmas appears to have been a publicity stunt, designed to gain notoriety and draw attention to the hacking group which has claimed responsibility – Lizard Squad.

Playstation Network and Xbox Live offline for Xmas

Malicious DDoS attack blamed for taking major gaming networks Xbox Live and Playstation Network offline for Christmas…

Rackspace knocked offline by huge DDoS attack

Hosting and managed cloud provider Rackspace has been taken offline for more than 12 hours by a massive DDoS attack.

North Korea falls off the internet – is the United States to blame?

Barack Obama promises that the United States will respond to the Sony hack, and North Korea drops off the internet. Is there a connection?

Botnets: remote controls for cybercriminals

As promised in our post about the European Cyber Security Month during October, we are publishing about Botnets and Exploits this week. Even though we had the Poodle flaw in the web encryption standard a few days ago, we are using this week to explain what are botnets and exploits and how they work.

Vulnerable web cams and printers have become DDoS launch platforms

Over 4 million UPnP devices could be used to assist in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, Akamai has warned.

Back in BlackEnergy *: 2014 Targeted Attacks in Ukraine and Poland

State organizations and private businesses from various sectors in Ukraine and Poland have been targeted with new versions of BlackEnergy, a malware that’s evolved into a sophisticated threat with a modular architecture.

Week in Security: Game over in Korea, cellphone snoops and phishy Bitcoins

Gamers and cellphone users were targeted by criminal groups around the world this week – while retailers continued to suffer at the hands of POS malware, and a phishing campaign highlighted just how hot Bitcoin is right now.

Internet firm goes out of business after DDoS extortion attack

Blackmailers force internet site Code Spaces out of business, leaving customers in the lurch.

Waking Shark: Banks to face biggest cyber war game ever in UK

A cyber “war game” will test Britain’s financial system to its limits in a virtual attack which will test the defenses of banks, markets and payments systems against a simulated “major” attack by cybercriminals.

FBI shares information on cyber attacks with US banks

The FBI has offered temporary security clearances to security officers from U.S. banks in order to share information into repeated cyber attacks which have disrupted online banking websites in recent months.

Linux Apache malware: Why it matters to you and your business

This comprehensive look at the problems of malware on Linux Apache web servers explains the threats to business and helps you figure out if your organization is likely to be affected.

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