The Necurs botnet has returned to the top ten most prevalent malware during November 2017, as cybercriminals used it to distribute a new form of ransomware, according to Check Point. Researchers found that hackers were using Necurs, considered to be the largest spam botnet in the world, to distribute the relatively new Scarab ransomware that was first seen in June 2017. The Necurs botnet started mass distribution of Scarab during the Thanksgiving holiday, sending over … More ?
Neustar and Harris Interactive conducted global, independent research of 1,010 directors, managers, CISOs, CSOs, CTOs, and other c-suite executives to find out how DDoS attacks affect their organizations and what measures are in place to counter these threats. The respondents span many industries, including technology, financial services, retail, healthcare and energy. “DDoS attacks are the zeitgeist of today’s Internet,” said Barrett Lyon, pioneer of the DDoS defense industry and Head of Research and Development at … More ?
Akamai researchers Jose Arteaga and Wilber Majia have identified a new Connection-less Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (CLDAP) reflection and amplification method. CLDAP query packet Akamai’s Security Intelligence Response Team (SIRT) has observed this attack vector producing DDoS attacks consistently exceeding 1 Gbps, comparable to DNS reflection attacks. CLDAP Unlike other reflection-based vectors, where compromised hosts may number in the millions, the observed CLDAP amplification factor has been able to produce significant attack bandwidth with significantly … More ?
The findings of a new Malwarebytes report illustrate a significant shift in cybercriminal attack and malware methodology from previous years. Ransomware, ad fraud and botnets, the subject of so much unjustified hype over previous years, surged to measurable prominence in 2016 and evolved immensely. Cybercriminals migrated to these methodologies en masse, impacting nearly anyone and everyone. To better understand just how drastically the threat landscape evolved in 2016, researchers examined data taken from Windows and … More ?
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The emergence of new global cybercriminal attack patterns
The accelerating pace of technology and criminal cyber capability currently outpaces the UK’s collective response to cybercrime, calling for stronger collaborative working between government, law enforcement and, crucially, business to reduce vulnerabilities and prevent crime. Cybercrime as a proportion of total UK crime in 2015 An assessment by the National Crime Agency shows that cybercrime activity is growing fast and evolving, with the threats from DDoS and ransomware attacks increasing significantly in 2015. The most … More ?
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UK: Cybercrime now bigger threat than traditional crime
80 percent of European IT security professionals expect their business to be threatened with a DDoS ransom attack during the next 12 months, according to Corero Network Security. The research, which polled over 100 security professionals at the Infosecurity Europe conference in London, highlights the growing threat of cyber extortion attempts targeting businesses in the United Kingdom and continental Europe. The rise of DDoS extortion campaigns Last month, (May 2016), the City of London Police … More ?
Instead of just encrypting data files on a workstation (plus any network drive it can find) and locking the machine, a new variant of the Cerber ransomware is now adding a DDoS bot that can quietly blast spoofed network traffic at various IPs, according to KnowBe4. This is the first time DDoS malware has been bundled within a ransomware infection. It means that while the victim is unable to access their endpoint, that same endpoint … More ?
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Cybercriminals add DDoS component to ransomware payloads
Botnets are usually created by cyber criminals that use them to launch DDoS attacks, deliver spam, effect click fraud. The recently discovered Jaku botnet can effectively do all those things, if its botmaster(s) choose to do so, but it seems that they have other things in mind. The botnet which, according to Forcepoint researchers, numbered as many as 17,000 victims at different points in time, consists of several botnets “answering to” different C&C servers. The … More ?
Jaku botnet hides targeted attacks within generic botnet noise
Empty threats from faux hackers doing the rounds again What kind of a grifter pretends he’s going to DDoS you? The kind that easily makes off with a lot of cash, it seems. “Hackers” who have been making empty DDoS threats while posing as the Armada Collective appear to have have moved on.…
Did your UK biz just pay £1,500 to stop a DDoS? You’ve been had
Wants props for World of Warcraft attack too Lizard Squad has hit gaming firm Blizzard’s servers with a massive DDoS attack.…
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Lizard Squad back to blast Blizzard’s gaming hub