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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.

American banks “need to plan” for further cyber attacks, financial group warns

The American banking system needs to prepare or further cyber attacks in the coming months, a leading financial stability group has warned.

Internet Service Providers “failing to protect” against cyber attacks, says EU agency

The European cyber security agency ENISA said Internet Service Providers in the EU have failed to implement a set of best practice recommendations which have been in place for 13 years – which could reduce the scope of even the largest DDoS attacks.

Call for new cyber laws after major U.S. banks knocked offline for 249 hours in six weeks

Representative Mike Rogers, Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said that Congress needs to act quickly, in an interview with NBC this week. The websites of major U.S. banks have been offline for 249 hours in the past six weeks, due to a series of sustained cyber attacks by an unknown foreign group.

Hundreds of thousands of Facebook likes can certainly be wrong

Issues with malware are always with us. There may or may not be a current media storm, or companies hoping for a slice of the anti-malware pie by proclaiming the death of antivirus in a press release, but AV labs continue to slog their way every day through tens of thousands of potentially malicious samples.

King of Spam: Festi botnet analysis

We have just completed fresh analysis of the malicious software known as Win32/Festi. While the "Festi" botnet created with this malware has been in business since the autumn of 2009 we can see that the software is frequently updated, as described in our analysis, and these updates mean Festi continues to be a potent threat

Win32/Carberp Gang on the Carpet

Group-IB’s joint investigations with the FSB and MVD resulted in the arrest of a gang of eight accused of larceny, creation of malware, and unauthorized access.

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