As a long-time feud between rival hacking groups boiled over, the WikiLeaks website was caught in the crossfire and brought offline by a distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on 5 June. However, rather than react with anger, leaked chat logs show how WikiLeaks’ Twitter account engaged the group responsible, called OurMine, and even offered hacking tips for the future. Direct messages leaked to Buzzfeed show how WikiLeaks’ account, rumoured to be helmed by the website’s founder Julian Assange, told the group – which has become known for hacking the online profiles of high-profile figures – their talents could be put to better use. OurMine has recently hacked a slew of celebrities and technology executives including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai and Spotify founder Daniel Ek. Every time, they leave a message telling the victim how weak their security is and leave a link to their website. Indeed the group claims to be a security firm rather than a hacking outfit. In any case, as far as ‘hacks’ go, OurMine’s activity is fairly tame. Until WikiLeaks’ website was taken down – thanks to an ongoing head-to-head with the Anonymous collective – there was little real damage caused to victims other than embarrassment. The DDoS attack took down the famous whistleblowing website by sending waves of traffic towards its servers, a common tactic used in hacktivist circles as a means of protest. After the incident, WikiLeaks got in touch and said the group was wasting its time by not making the most of the chances received by infiltrating profiles of the rich and famous. “If you support us and want to show you’re skills, then don’t waste your time with DDoS etc,” the account wrote. “Find us interesting mail spools or docs and send them to [WikiLeaks]. That’ll have a much greater impact.” After OurMine replied with “We never change their passwords we are just testing their accounts’ security” WikiLeaks said it was a “huge waste.” The message continued: “There’s a lot more than (sic) could have been done with those accounts. Sending DM’s as Zuckerberg to further access elsewhere. Same with Google CEO. You could have used these accounts to gain access to much more significant information, revealing corrupt behaviour elsewhere.” Based on the chats, OurMine appeared to agree with the new direction. “Great idea,” it said. One the hackers, speaking with Wired, previously said: “We don’t need money, but we are selling security services because there is a lot [of] people [who] want to check their security. We are not blackhat hackers, we are just a security group…we are just trying to tell people that nobody is safe.” Source: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/wikileaks-tells-ourmine-hackers-impersonate-high-profile-victims-reveal-corrupt-behaviour-1569499
Nine vectors used as bad guys try to beat defenders. A chinese gambling company has been pulverised with multiple nine-vector, 470 Gbps, 110 million packet-per-second distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, some of the biggest and most complex ever recorded.…
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LizardStresser makes a messer of Brazil banks, gamer outfits Lizard Squad may be mostly behind bars, but their LizardStresser botnet has spawned more than 100 clones.…
A DDoS attack against a jewelry shop website has lead researchers to the discovery of a CCTV botnet comprised of some 25,000 cameras from around the globe. The website had been repeatedly attacked, first with 35,000 HTTP requests per second and then, when those efforts were thwarted, with 50,000 HTTP requests per second. Looking into the IP addresses from which the attack was coming from, Sucuri researchers discovered that all of them were running the … More ?
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25,000-strong CCTV botnet used for crippling DDoS attacks
All clues lead back to Chinese DVR vendor TVT A botnet of over 25,000 bots lies at the heart of recent DDoS attacks that are ferociously targeting business around the world. More exactly, we’re talking about massive Layer 7 DDoS attacks that are overwhelming Web servers, occupying their resources and eventually crashing websites. US-based security vendor Sucuri discovered this botnet, very active in the last few weeks, and they say it’s mainly composed of compromised CCTV systems from around the world. Their first meeting with the botnet came when a jewelry shop that was facing a prolonged DDoS attack opted to move their website behind Sucuri’s main product, its WAF (Web Application Firewall). Botnet can crank out attacks of 50,000 HTTP requests per second Sucuri thought they had this one covered, just as other cases where companies that move their sites behind their WAF block the attacks, and eventually the attacker moves on to other targets. Instead, they were in for a surprise. While the initial attack was a Layer 7 DDoS with over 35,000 HTTP requests per second hitting the server and occupying its memory with garbage traffic, as soon as the attackers saw the company upgrade their website, they quickly ramped up the attack to 50,000 requests. For Layer 7 attacks, this is an extraordinarily large number, enough to drive any server into the ground. But this wasn’t it. The attackers continued their assault at this high level for days. Botnet’s nature allowed attacks to carry out attacks at higher volumes Usually, DDoS attacks flutter as the bots come online or go offline. The fact that attackers sustained this high level meant their bots were always active, always online. Sucuri’s research into the incident discovered over 25,513 unique IP addresses from where the attacks came. Some of these were IPv6 addresses. The IPs were spread all over the world, and they weren’t originating from malware-infected PCs, but from CCTV systems. Taiwan accounted for a quarter of all compromised IPs, followed by the US, Indonesia, Mexico, and Malaysia. In total, the compromised CCTV systems were located in 105 countries. Top 10 locations of botnet’s IPs The unpatched TVT firmware comes back to haunt us all Of these IPs, 46 percent were assigned to CCTV systems running on the obscure and generic H.264 DVR brand. Other compromised systems were ProvisionISR, Qsee, QuesTek, TechnoMate, LCT CCTV, Capture CCTV, Elvox, Novus, or MagTec CCTV. Sucuri says that all these devices might be linked to Rotem Kerner’s investigation, which discovered a backdoor in the firmware of 70 different CCTV DVR vendors . These companies had bought unbranded DVRs from Chinese firm TVT. When informed of the firmware issues, TVT ignored the researcher, and the issues were never fixed, leading to crooks creating this huge botnet. This is not the first CCTV-based botnet used for DDoS attacks. Incapsula detected a similar botnet last October. The botnet they discovered was far smaller, made up of only 900 bots . Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/a-massive-botnet-of-cctv-cameras-involved-in-ferocious-ddos-attacks-505722.shtml#ixzz4CsbxFc4A
Watching us and borking you A massive network of hacked CCTV cameras is being used to bring down computers around the world, we’re told.…
‘Tiny fraction of the overall count’ however A petition for a second EU referendum in the UK has been hit by suspicions of computer automated ballot stuffing, possibly by politically motivated hackers.…
One of the most concerning characteristics of the Godless malware is the ability to receive remote instructions on which app to download and install on mobile devices, without the user’s knowledge. This is called command and control (C&C). Being a DDoS subject matter expert, I believe this has the makings of something more insidious than malicious ads. Nearly one million infected Android devices connected to 4G LTE networks offers some serious firepower for a botnet … More ?
The international activist hacker group Anonymous Legion is claiming responsibility for an attack on the Minnesota Judicial Branch’s website that rendered it unusable for most of Wednesday. State officials became aware of the “distributed denial-of-service” (DDoS) attack about 8 a.m. Wednesday, around the same time Anonymous Legion e-mailed the Star Tribune. “Servers have also been penetrated and data has been secured, contrary to what they will tell you,” said Anonymous Legion’s e-mail. “This will occur frequently.” The group said the act was executed “collectively, through a global attack.” It is known for DDOS attacks on government websites, among others. The attack is similar to ones that interrupted the site last December. Last year’s attacks were traced to Asia and Canada. The state did not say Wednesday whether the attacks may be linked. “We are in the process of communicating with the FBI Cyber Task Force about this incident,” Beau Berentson, a spokesman for the state court administration office, said in a written statement. The website (www.mncourts.gov), visited by thousands every day looking to access court resources and information, was taken offline as the attack was investigated. Access to the site was restored around 5:15 p.m. “We have no evidence that any secure data has been inappropriately accessed,” Berentson said. Other online resources linked through the website are still functioning, including eFiling and eService, the Court Payment Center and remote access to district and appellate court records. The website was down for several hours from Dec. 21 to 31 in the previous attacks. “In a DDOS attack, an outside entity attempts to overwhelm an online resource with so much network traffic that it is no longer accessible to legitimate users,” State Court Administrator Jeff Shorba said in a January statement about last year’s attacks. “During these attacks, the Minnesota Judicial Branch did not experience any form of data breach or inappropriate access to court records, nor is there any evidence to suggest that the attackers attempted to gain access to Judicial Branch records or information.” Those attacks were reported to the federal government and Canadian authorities. “DDoS attacks are becoming increasingly common against high-profile websites in both the public and private sectors,” Shorba said in January. “While we cannot prevent these attacks from being launched, the Minnesota Judicial Branch is now better prepared to respond to these types of attacks in the future.” Source: http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-courts-website-attacked-again-by-hackers/384003231/
Anonymous Legion claims attack on Minnesota courts website
Infamous hacker group Lizard Squad is thought to be at it again, this time taking down Overwatch servers and leaving players unable to join and remain in a session. Over the past week, Blizzard has been experiencing some problems with Battle.net that have made it difficult for players to use the service as intended with games like Overwatch . Now, there’s word that these issues might have been caused by a DDoS attack launched by members of hacker group Lizard Squad. Some users are reporting that they are unable to log in to Battle.net. Others are able to enter, but find themselves kicked out of multiplayer matches in Overwatch for seemingly no reason. Ordinarily, issues like these would be brushed off as being part and parcel of the modern online experience. However, a suspicious tweet from a known Lizard Squad member has led to the group being implicated, according to a report from VG247. The above tweet is being taken as proof that Lizard Squad member AppleJ4ck was involved with the attack. Some Overwatch players responded to his post to vent their annoyance about the situation — to which AppleJ4ck responded, “in a way, I’m doing y’all a favor.” This is not the first time that Lizard Squad has targeted organizations within the video game industry. The group rose to prominence back in 2014, when a coordinated attack brought down the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live over Christmas, causing massive headaches for the companies involved. Of course, the attack was not an unmitigated success for the group, as the high-profile hack made Lizard Squad an immediate target for authorities. Just days later, a 22-year-old alleged to be a part of the organization was the subject of a raid by police in the United Kingdom. However, the strength of a group like Lizard Squad is the fact that they are spread all over the world. Individual members can be found and brought to justice, but it’s difficult to make a concerted attempt to stamp out its activity outright. If the situation is hard on the authorities, then it’s even more challenging for a company like Blizzard. The overwhelming popularity of Overwatch means its hard enough for the company to keep Battle.net afloat at the best of team, never mind when there are hackers on the prowl. Unfortunately, criminal elements like Lizard Squad are part and parcel of the modern online experience. Companies like Blizzard have to take these groups into consideration when operating a service like Battle.net — hackers have the power to ruin the experience for the rest of us, and the only defence is a robust level of security. Source: http://gamerant.com/overwatch-servers-down-ddos-attack-846/