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FCC blames DDoS for weekend web lockout

Not down to people trying to file comments on issues rhyming with wetsuit balloty, it insists Vid   Problems faced by consumers hoping to submit comments to the Federal Communications Commission over the weekend were caused by a denial of service attack, the US government agency admits.…

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FCC blames DDoS for weekend commentary lockout

Not down to people trying to file comments on issues rhyming with wetsuit balloty, it insists Problems faced by consumers hoping to submit comments to the Federal Communications Commission over the weekend were caused by a denial of service attack, the US government agency admits.…

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Mysterious Hajime botnet has pwned 300,000 IoT devices

The Dark Knight of malware’s purpose remains unknown Hajime – the “vigilante” IoT worm that blocks rival botnets – has built up a compromised network of 300,000 malware-compromised devices, according to new figures from Kaspersky Lab.…

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Mirai author named as operator of DDoS protection service

Krebs says he’s fingered author of epic IoT web assault code The author of the massive distributed denial-of-service attack malware Mirai, which ropes infected routers and internet of things devices into remotely controlled armies, is a New Jersey man, according to journo Brian Krebs.…

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New botnet launching daily massive DDoS attacks

CloudFlare spotted a new botnet in the wild which launched massive DDoS attacks aimed at the US West Coast for 10 days in a row. A new monster botnet, which hasn’t been given a name yet, has been spotted in the wild launching massive DDoS attacks. Security experts at CloudFlare said the emerging botnet is not related to Mirai, but it is capable of enormous distributed denial-of-service attacks. If this new botnet is just starting up, it could eventually be as powerful as Mirai. The company has so far spent 10 days fending off DDoS attacks aimed at targets on the US West Coast; the strongest attacks peaked at over 480 gigabits per second (Gbps) and 200 million packets per second (Mpps). CloudFlare first detected the new botnet on November 23; peaking at 400 Gbps and 172 Mpps, the DDoS attack hammered on targets “non-stop for almost exactly 8.5 hours” before the attack ended. CloudFlare’s John Graham-Cumming noted, “It felt as if an attacker ‘worked’ a day and then went home.” The botnet DDoS attacks followed the same pattern the next day, like the attacker was “someone working at a desk job,” except the attacks began 30 minutes earlier. On the third day, the attacks reached over 480 Gbps and 200 Mpps before the attacker decided to knock off a bit early from ‘work.’ Once Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday were over, the attacker changed patterns and started working 24 hours a day. The attacks continued for 10 days; each day the DDoS attacks “were peaking at 400 Gbps and hitting 320 Gbps for hours on end.” That’s not as powerful as the Mirai botnet made up of insecure IoT devices, but this botnet is presumably just getting started. It’s already plenty big enough to bring a site to its knees for hours on end unless it has some decent form of DDoS protection. If it were to be combined with other botnet strains, it might be capable of beating the unprecedented records set by the Mirai attacks. Although CloudFlare never elaborated on what devices the new botnet was abusing for its attacks, the company said it uses different attack software then Mirai. The emerging botnet sends very large Layer 3 and Layer 4 floods aimed at the TCP protocol. Hopefully it’s not using poorly secured internet of things devices as there seems to be an endless supply of IoT devices with pitiful-to-no security waiting to be added to botnets. That’s likely going to get worse, since IoT gadgets are expected to sell in record-breaking numbers this holiday season. It’s just a guess, but it does seem likely that the new botnet is aimed at such devices. CloudFlare posted the new botnet information on Friday, so it is unknown if the attacks have continued since the article was published. Last week, a modified version of the Mirai IoT malware was responsible for creating chaos in Germany and other worldwide locations; the hackers reportedly responsible for attempting to add routers to their botnet apologized for knocking Deutsche Telekom customers offline as it was allegedly not their intention. DDoS attacks may give a blue Christmas to gamers Regarding DDoS attacks, the most recent Akamai State of the Internet/Security Report suggested that gamers might not have the best holiday season. For the past several years, hackers have attacked and sometimes taken down Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation networks, even Steam, making it impossible for seasoned gamers as well as those who received new gaming platforms for Christmas to enjoy new games and consoles. “Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the holiday season in general have long been characterized by a rise in the threat of DDoS attacks,” the Akamai report stated. “Malicious actors have new tools – IoT botnets – that will almost certainly be used in the coming quarter.” As first pointed out by Network World’s Tim Greene, Akamai added, “It is very likely that malicious actors are now working diligently to understand how they can capture their own huge botnet of IoT devices to create the next largest DDoS ever.” Let’s hope the newly discovered botnet isn’t an example of Akamai’s prediction. Source:http://www.computerworld.com/article/3147081/security/new-botnet-launching-daily-massive-ddos-attacks.html

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Origin of the beasties: Mirai botnet missing link revealed as DVR player

CCTV cameras? You’ve been looking in the wrong place Security researchers have discovered a “missing link” in the Mirai botnet that may prompt a rethink in what makes up the zombie network.…

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Meet DDoSaaS: Distributed Denial of Service-as-a-Service

Cracking the grey market in rent-a-borkers Analysis   It’s not often an entirely new and thriving sector of the “digital economy” – one hitherto unmentioned by the popular press – floats to the surface of the lake in broad daylight, waving a tentacle at us.…

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Overwatch,’ ‘Warcraft’ Servers Sidelined By DDoS Attack From Hacking Group PoodleCorp

Blizzard was hit with a DDoS attack that made its servers inaccessible, disrupting gameplay for Battle.net users on Aug. 2. Someone from Blizzard’s customer support team posted on the Battle.net forums to acknowledge the attack, saying network engineers are on the case, working to address the issue. The problem has since been resolved, but according to a tweet from Blizzard’s North American customer support team, reports of World Server Down in  World of Warcraft  are being investigated. In a tweet, hacker group PoodleCorp claimed responsibility for the DDoS attack. It’s not clear who is PoodleCorp exactly, but some Battle.net users have surmised that some of the hacking group’s members could be players who were recently banned from  Overwatch , and thus now out for revenge. Whoever they are, PoodleCorp appears to be a busy group. A day before the DDoS attack on Blizzard, the hackers apparently took on  Pokémon GO , marking their second takedown of the mobile game after first attacking it on July 16. Pokémon GO  servers were also down for several hours on July 17, but OurMine, another hacking group, took the credit for that attack. In an interview via Twitter DM, PoodleCorp’s leader, @xotehpoodle, told Mic that they targeted  Pokémon GO  because it’s popular right now. Also, they’re doing what they’re doing because nobody can stop them. “We do it because we can, nobody can stop us and we just like to cause chaos,” said the hacking group’s head, who added that their botnet is worth more than Niantic. Over the summer, PoodleCorp also claimed responsibility for hacking  League of Legends  and popular YouTubers. Earlier in June, Blizzard also experienced a major outage as another DDoS attack took out its servers. Twitter user AppleJ4ck, said to be tied to hacking group Lizard Squad, claimed responsibility for the attack and mocked Blizzard, saying the attack was part of some “preparations.” As PoodleCorp has claimed responsibility for the most recent outage, does that mean that there’s more to come given what AppleJ4ck’s been preparing for has not come to fruition? In the past, Lizard Squad had been connected to disruptions on Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Network. When angry gamers swarmed the hackers’ Twitter accounts, PoodleCorp and AppleJ4ck replied with similar messages, saying anyone who gets upset over a game should get a life and that they’re doing everyone a favor by knocking them offline. Source: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/172361/20160803/overwatch-warcraft-servers-sidelined-by-ddos-attack-from-hacking-group-poodlecorp.htm

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