Fighting talk from Great Britain as it says it will hit back against internet attacks

British chancellor George Osborne has warned about the spectre of online terrorists attacking national infrastructure, and made some rather bold pronouncements about the UK’s willingness to engage in cyberwarfare to defend itself.

Jail for British DDoS attacker, who said too much on Twitter

Although it’s far from always possible to determine the perpetrators of a denial-of-service attack and bring them to justice, there are plenty of people who have been put behind bars because of this modern-day crime.

FastMail the latest victim of a sustained DDoS offensive

The premium email provider FastMail has revealed that a cybercriminal has launched multiple DDoS attacks on its systems and made a ransom demand.

ProtonMail hit with another DDoS attack

After experiencing an onslaught of DDoS attacks, which saw it hand over the ransom that was demanded, ProtonMail has once again been targeted by cybercriminals.

UK police website crashes twice courtesy of DDoS attack

A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack puts the Greater Manchester Police website offline twice, with a Twitter user allegedly from Lithuania claiming responsibility.

UK’s National Crime Agency hit by DDoS attack, following LizardStresser arrests

Last week, users of Lizard Squad’s DDoS-on-demand service were feeling the heat after arrests were made by UK police. This week, it’s the UK’s National Crime Agency which has found itself the victim of a denial-of-service attack.

LizardStresser: Six people arrested in connection with Lizard Squad’s DDoS attack tool

British police have today announced the arrest of six people in connection with distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that attempted to bring down websites belonging to – amongst others – a national newspaper, a school and a number of online retailers.

BitTorrent family susceptible to DRDoS attacks

A new study shows that applications belonging to the BitTorrent family are vulnerable to DRDoS attacks.

British teenager sentenced for massive Spamhaus attack

British teen Seth Nolan Mcdonagh, aka “narko” has been sentenced for his role in a 2013 attack which slowed the internet around the world.

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.

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