The risks insecure medical devices pose to patient safety are no longer just theoretical, and compromised electronic health records may haunt patients forever. A surgical robot, pacemaker, or other life critical device being rendered non-functional would give a whole new, and wholly undesirable, meaning to denial of service. Malware like MEDJACK has been used to infect medical devices and use them as staging grounds to attack medical records systems. IoT ransomware is on the rise … 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 ?
A 20,000-bots-strong botnet is probing WordPress sites, trying to compromise them and spread a backdoor downloader Trojan called Sathurbot as far and as wide as possible. Sathurbot: A versatile threat “Sathurbot can update itself and download and start other executables. We have seen variations of Boaxxe, Kovter and Fleercivet, but that is not necessarily an exhaustive list,” the researchers noted. Sathurbot is also a web crawler, and searches for domain names that can be probed … More ?
Kaspersky Lab experts are analyzing the first Windows-based spreader for the Mirai malware as part of a concerted effort to close down Mirai botnets in the wild. The Windows bot appears to have been created by a developer with more advanced skills than the attackers who unleashed the massive Mirai-powered DDoS attacks in late 2016, a fact that has worrying implications for the future use and targets of Mirai-based attacks. The malware author is likely … More ?
About the authors Allan Liska is a Consulting Systems Engineer at FireEye, and Geoffrey Stowe is an Engineering Lead at Palantir Technologies. Inside DNS Security: Defending the Domain Name System DNS security is a topic that rarely comes up, and when it does, it’s usually after an attack or breach disruptive enough to merit a mention in the news. Last year’s DDoS attack against US-based DNS provider Dyn was one of those, but it isn’t … More ?
Arbor Networks released its 12th Annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report offering direct insights from network and security professionals at global service providers, cloud/hosting and enterprise organizations. The stakes have changed for network and security teams. The threat landscape has been transformed by the emergence of IoT botnets. As IoT devices proliferate across networks, bringing tremendous benefits to businesses and consumers, attackers are able to weaponize them due to inherent security vulnerabilities. The largest DDoS attack … More ?
Accelerating cloud adoption is creating increased demand for security application services including WAF, DNSSEC, and DDoS protection, according to F5 Networks. As an increase in application services often requires additional resources, respondents also indicated a shift toward DevOps methodologies to gain operational efficiencies through automation and programmability. This need for scalability replaces speed to market as the prime driver of DevOps adoption. “This past year, not a week went by without some hack or vulnerability … More ?
A new report, using data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform, provides analysis of the current cloud security and threat landscape, including insight into two record?setting DDoS attacks caused by the Mirai botnet. Nineteen DDoS attacks exceeded 100 Gbps, with six exceeding 200 Gbps DDoS attacks The two largest DDoS attacks this quarter, both leveraging the Mirai botnet, were the biggest observed by Akamai to-date – recorded at 623 Gbps and 555 Gbps. Compared to … More ?
The Internet of Things (IoT) is now a major force in the weaponization of DDoS. In 2016, IoT botnets have fueled a number of attacks, including the largest-ever DDoS attack, and that role will only grow in the coming years. The tools to carry out these attacks are freely available to the public, and the IoT is expected to be 20 billion devices strong by 2020, so expect more frequent and disruptive attacks from a … More ?
The recent massive DDoS attack against DNS provider Dyn has jolted (some of) the general public and legislators, and has opened their eyes to the danger of insecure IoT devices. It is clear by now that it will take joint action by all stakeholders – users, manufacturers, the security industry, ISPs, law enforcement and legislators – to put an end to this particular problem, but it will take quite some time. Theoretical stopgap solutions In … More ?