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Do network layer and application layer DDoS attacks differ?

Network layer and application layer DDoS attacks are significant threats. Learn about the differences between them and what you can do to reduce their effects. A distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack is a method to bring down a service by sending a flood of legitimate or illegitimate requests from multiple source devices. The...
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A new type of DDoS attack can amplify attack strength by more than 15,300%

By abusing a little-known multicast protocol, attackers can launch DDoS attacks of immense power, but there may be an easy fix. Content delivery provider Akamai reports that a new method of launching distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks ranks as one of the most dangerous of all time. This new method has already been seen...
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Imperva Firewall Breach Exposes Customer API Keys, SSL Certificates

The issue impacts users of the vendor’s Cloud WAF product. Imperva, the security vendor, has made a security breach public that affects customers using the Cloud Web Application Firewall (WAF) product. Formerly known as Incapsula, the Cloud WAF analyzes requests coming into applications, and flags or blocks suspicious and malicious activity. Users’ emails and hashed...
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Discord was down due to Cloudflare outage affecting parts of the web

Popular chat service Discord experienced issues today due to network problems at Cloudflare and a wider internet issue. The app was inaccessible for its millions of users, and even Discord’s website and status pages were struggling. Discord’s problems could be traced to an outage at Cloudflare, a content delivery network. Cloudflare started experiencing issues at...
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DDoS Attacks Up in Q1 After Months of Steady Decline

Sudden surge suggests that new actors have stepped up to the plate to replace the old operators. Distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS) — particularly those lasting more than an hour — increased sharply in number during the first quarter of this year over the prior quarter after declining steadily for most of 2018. The unexpected resurgence...
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Preparing Your Mid-Market Business For Cyberattacks

Security headlines continue to focus on high-profile breaches of Fortune-ranked enterprises. But there is a second story being ignored. Cybercrime syndicates are also targeting, attacking and breaching small, medium and even micro organizations in greater and greater numbers. Multiple industry studies support this claim, including ones from Cisco and Ponemon. Why exactly are these organizations...
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The correlation between DDoS attacks and cryptomining

There is a direct correlation between cryptocurrency and DDoS attacks. As the price of cryptocurrency dropped in 2018, leading to decreased profits from cryptomining, hackers on the black market began to divert prime botnet resources to DDoS attack activities, which increased month by month. DDoS attacks in 2018 In NSFOCUS’ 2018 DDoS Attack Landscape report,...
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DOSarrest Launches New Cloud Based Network Traffic Analyzer Service

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — DOSarrest Internet Security announced today that they have released a new service offering called DOSarrest Traffic Analyzer (DTA). This new service allows subscribers to send their Netflow, Sflow or Jflow network data from their routers and switches to DOSarrest’s Big Data cluster, then login to their portal and...
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DIY Botnet Detection: Techniques and Challenges

Botnets continue to spread to places never dreamed of a few years ago. But you can fight them off, and these tips can help. Botnets have been around for over two decades, and with the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), they have spread further to devices no one imagined they would: routers, mobile...
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When 911 Goes Down: Why Voice Network Security Must Be a Priority

When there’s a DDoS attack against your voice network, are you ready to fight against it? An estimated 240 million calls are made to 911 in the US each year. With the US population estimated at more than 328 million people as of November 2018, this means each US resident makes, on average, more than...
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Hacktivist Gets 10-Year Prison Sentence for DDoS Attack on Hospitals

A 34-year-old man from Somerville, Massachusetts, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for launching distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against two healthcare organizations in the United States. Martin Gottesfeld, who identified himself as a member of the Anonymous movement, was accused of launching DDoS attacks against the Boston Children’s Hospital and the Wayside Youth...
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Blockchain Technology can be Critical to IoT Infrastructure Security

Over 45 billion IoT devices are expected to be connected by 2021, while the cumulative cost of data breaches between 2017 and 2022 is expected to touch $8 trillion The era of Internet of things (IoT) is upon us and it is impacting our lives. Today, technology has pervaded into nearly all walks of life,...
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Ad Fraud 101: How Cybercriminals Profit from Clicks

Fraud is and always will be a cornerstone of the cybercrime community. The associated economic gains provide substantial motivation for today’s malicious actors, which is reflected in the rampant use of identity and financial theft, and ad fraud. Fraud is, without question, big business. You don’t have to look far to find websites, on both...
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FragmentSmack: How is this denial-of-service exploited?

FragmentSmack, a DDoS vulnerability first discovered in Linux, affects Windows as well as nearly 90 Cisco products. Discover how it can be exploited with Judith Myerson. A distributed denial-of-service vulnerability called FragmentSmack enables an unauthenticated remote attacker to disable servers with a stream of fragmented IP packets that activate the vulnerability on affected systems. First...
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In the DNI reported on DDoS-attack on the site of the national police

The website of the people’s militia department of the self-proclaimed Donetsk people’s republic was subjected to DDoS attacks, said the head of the people’s militia press service, Daniel Bezsonov. According to him, this happened after the agency announced that Kiev was preparing a large-scale offensive in the Donbass. “It has been established that the attack...
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Small Businesses Lose $80K on Average to Cybercrime Annually, Better Business Bureau Says

The growth of cybercrime will cost the global economy more than $2 trillion by 2019, according to the Better Business Bureau’s 2017 State of Cybersecurity Among Small Businesses in North America report. Cost of a Cyber Attack When it comes to small businesses, the report said the overall annual loss was estimated at almost $80K...
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Council on Foreign Relations encourages global initiative to combat botnets

A global initiative of public and private organizations is needed to eliminate computer-effecting botnets, according to a new paper from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). The report was written by Robert Knake, senior fellow for cyber policy at CFR and senior research scientist at Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute, and Jason Healey, senior research...
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IoT & Cybersecurity: Where we are and what needs to change

Threats are now emerging beyond home and medical devices towards IoT control systems connected to national infrastructures. It is no exaggeration to say that IoT vulnerabilities are a threat to our national and personal security – dangers brought into sharp relief by the growing weaponisation of cybersecurity on the world stage Cybersecurity agenda Over the...
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Bots on a plane? Bad bots cause unique cybersecurity issues for airlines

While bots are a common tool of cybercriminals for carrying out DDoS attacks and mining cryptocurrencies, a recent report found they may also be indirectly increasing the price of your airline tickets. Distil Research Lab’s Threat report, “How Bots Affect Airlines,” found the airline industry has unique cybersecurity challenges when dealing with bad bots, which...
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Man Ordered to Pay $8.6 Million for Launching DDoS Attacks against Rutgers University

A New Jersey man received a court order to pay $8.6 million for launching a series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against Rutgers University. On October 26, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey announced the sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp to Paras Jha, 22, of Fanwood, New...
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How to secure your online business from cyber threats?

Ecommerce revenue worldwide amounts to more than 1.7 trillion US dollars, in the year 2018 alone. And the growth is expected to increase furthermore. However, with growth comes new challenges. One such problem is cybersecurity. In 2017, there were more than 88 million attacks on eCommerce businesses. And a significant portion includes small businesses. Moreover,...
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Travel staff are the weakest link in cybersecurity, says expert

Travel industry staff are the “weakest link” in the fight against cybercrime, a security expert has warned. Cyber consultant Bruce Wynn said cybercrime attacks risked bringing down entire businesses. He was speaking at the launch of anti-fraud group Profit’s Secure Our Systems campaign, backed by Travel Weekly. Wynn, who has 40 years’ cybersecurity experience and...
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Over third of large Dutch firms hit by cyberattack in 2016 – CBS

Large companies are hit by cyberattacks at an above average rate, according to the Cybersecurity Monitor of Dutch statistics bureau CBS for 2018. Among companies of 250+ employees, 39 percent were hit at least once by a cyberattack in 2016, such as a hack or DDoS attack. By contrast, around 9 percent of small companies...
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The FBI Is Investigating More Cyberattacks in a California Congressional Race

The hacks — first reported by Rolling Stone — targeted a Democratic candidate in one of the country’s most competitive primary races WASHINGTON — The FBI has opened an investigation into cyberattacks that targeted a Democratic candidate in a highly competitive congressional primary in southern California. As Rolling Stone first reported in September, Democrat Bryan...
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Cybercrime-as-a-Service: No End in Sight

Cybercrime is easy and rewarding, making it a perfect arena for criminals everywhere. Over the past 20 years, cybercrime has become a mature industry estimated to produce more than $1 trillion in annual revenues. From products like exploit kits and custom malware to services like botnet rentals and ransomware distribution, the breadth of cybercrime offerings...
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Has a BOT Network Compromised Your Systems?

BOT networks have surprisingly penetrated many corporate networks around the world. Yet many of the information technology and security operations teams often have difficulty identifying their activity and eliminating them from the network. The term botnet is derived from the combination of the words robot and network. A cybercriminal creates a network of these robots...
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Central planning bureau finds Dutch cybersecurity at high level

Dutch businesses and the public sector are well protected against cybersecurity threats compared to other countries, according to a report from the Central Planning Bureau on the risks for cybersecurity. Dutch websites employ encryption techniques relatively often, and the ISPs take measures to limit the impact of DDoS attacks, the report said. Small and medium-sized...
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‘Torii’ Breaks New Ground For IoT Malware

Stealth, persistence mechanism and ability to infect a wide swath of devices make malware dangerous and very different from the usual Mirai knockoffs, Avast says. A dangerous and potentially destructive new IoT malware sample has recently surfaced that for the first time this year is not just another cheap Mirai knockoff. Researchers from security vendor...
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190 UK Universities Targeted with Hundreds of DDoS Attacks

A large number of security attacks have been targeting universities all over the UK. Over 850 DDoS attacks were analyzed across 190 universities. Security experts suspect students or staff to be behind the large-scale attacks. Over 850 DDoS attacks have taken place in the United Kingdom, that have targeted 190 universities in the 2017-2018 academic...
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DDoS Attack on German Energy Company RWE

Protesters in Germany have been camping out at the Hambach Forest, where the German energy company RWE has plans to mine for coal. Meanwhile, it’s been reported that RWE’s website was under attack as police efforts to clear the protesters from the woods were underway. According to Deutsche Welle, unknown attackers launched a large-scale distributed...
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DDoS attack on education vendor hinders access to districts’ online portals

Multiple school districts are reportedly suffering the effects of a denial of service attack perpetrated against Blaine, Minn.-based Infinite Campus, a third-party online services provider. As a result, district residents may be unable to reliably use services such as the “Parent Portal, through which teachers, parents and students can access information such as grades, class...
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3 Drivers Behind the Increasing Frequency of DDoS Attacks

What’s causing the uptick? Motivation, opportunity, and new capabilities. According to IDC Research’s recent US DDoS Prevention Survey, more than 50% of IT security decision makers said that their organization had been the victim of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack as many as 10 times in the past year. For those who experienced an attack,...
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California Dem hit with DDoS attacks during failed primary bid: report

The campaign website of a Democratic congressional candidate in California was taken down by cyberattacks several times during the primary election season, according to cybersecurity experts. Rolling Stone reported on Thursday that cybersecurity experts who reviewed forensic server data and emails concluded that the website for Bryan Caforio, who finished third in the June primary, was hit...
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IoT malware grew significantly during the first half of 2018

New research from Kaspersky Lab reveals how cybercriminals are targeting IoT devices. During the first half of 2018, malware designed specifically for Internet of Things (IoT) devices grew three-fold with over 120,000 modifications of malware according to new research from Kaspersky Lab. The security firm’s IoT report revealed that the growth of malware families for...
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Hackers behind Mirai botnet could be sentenced to working for the FBI

This comes after more than 18 months of already helping the FBI stop cyberattacks Three young hackers went from believing they were “untouchable” to helping the FBI stop future cyberattacks. The trio of hackers behind the Mirai botnet — one of the most powerful tools used for cyberattacks — has been working with the FBI...
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DDoS attacks: Students blamed for many university cyber attacks

DDoS attacks against university campuses are more likely in term time. Nation-states and criminal gangs often get the blame for cyber attacks against universities, but a new analysis of campaigns against the education sector suggests that students — or even staff — could be perpetrators of many of these attacks. Attributing cyber attacks is often...
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How to train your network: the role of artificial intelligence in network operations

With the help of machine learning and AI, software-defined networks could soon aid businesses with network management. A network that can fix and optimize itself without human intervention could become a reality soon – but not without some training. With the help of machine learning and artificial intelligence, software-defined networks can learn to help with...
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DDoS Attacks Increase in Size by 500%

According to the Q2 2018 Threat Report, Nexusguard’s quarterly report, the average distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack grew to more than 26Gbps, increasing in size by 500%. The research looked at the same period last year and found that the maximum attack size quadrupled to 359Gbps. Evaluating thousands of worldwide DDoS attacks, researchers reportedly gathered real-time attack data from botnet...
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Edinburgh Uni Hit by Major Cyber-Attack

The website of Edinburgh University was still down at the time of writing after the institution suffered a major cyber-attack during its Freshers’ Week. A university spokesman told the Edinburgh Evening News that it has “rigid measures in place” to protect IT systems and data. “Our defenses reacted quickly and no data has been compromised,”...
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DDoS attacks are getting even larger

Average DDoS attack is five times stronger this year, compared to the year before. The average DDoS attack is five times stronger this year, compared to the year before, and the biggest DDoS attack is four times stronger than last year’s strongest, according to new reports. Nexusguard’s Q2 2018 Threat Report analysed thousands of DDoS...
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DDoS Protection is the Foundation for Application, Site and Data Availability

When we think of DDoS protection, we often think about how to keep our website up and running. While searching for a security solution, you’ll find several options that are similar on the surface. The main difference is whether your organization requires a cloud, on-premise or hybrid solution that combines the best of both worlds....
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Cyber policies: More than just risk transfer

Digital connectivity continues apace – but brings with it increased cyber risks. These relatively new and complex risk profiles require approaches that go far beyond traditional insurance, argues Munich Re’s reinsurance boss Torsten Jeworrek. Self-learning machines, cloud computing, digital ecosystems: in the steadily expanding Internet of Things, all objects communicate with others. In 2017, 27 billion devices...
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McDreary? The Future of Medical Call Centers & DDoS

As healthcare’s digital transformation continues, security remains a top priority — especially as distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks target the click-to-call features on websites. Click-to-call defines the services that enable patients to immediately call a hospital or clinic directly from a button on their website, either using a traditional phone service or Voice over Internet Protocol...
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The evolution of DDoS attacks – and defences

Aatish Pattni, regional director, UK & Ireland, Link11, explores in Information Age how DDoS attacks have grown in size and sophistication over the last two decades. What is the biggest cyber-threat to your company? In April 2018, the UK’s National Crime Agency answered that question by naming DDoS attacks as the joint leading threat facing...
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Department of Labour denies server compromise in recent cyberattack

The government department says the attack did not expose any sensitive or confidential information. The South African Department of Labour has confirmed a recent cyberattack which disrupted the government agency’s website. In a statement, the Department of Labour said that a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack was launched against the organization’s front-facing servers over the weekend....
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Rise in multifunctional botnets

There is a growing demand around the world for multifunctional malware that is not designed for specific purposes but is flexible enough to perform almost any task. This was revealed by Kaspersky Lab researchers in a report on botnet activity in the first half of 2018. The research analysed more than 150 malware families and...
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How to Protect Businesses Against DDoS Attacks

Security, for any business today, is important; we, at HackerCombat, have already reported on the rising costs of IT security on the global level. More and more business today invest heavily in security; they have started realizing that without security, it’s almost impossible for any business to flourish in today’s circumstances. We have arrived at...
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Your data center’s IT is lock-tight, are the facility’s operations?

Data centers are the lifeblood of the enterprise, allowing for scale never before imagined and access to critical information and applications. Businesses are increasingly migrating to the cloud, making the role of the data center more and more valuable. In 2017 alone, companies and funds invested more than $18 billion in data centers, both a...
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A DDoS Knocked Spain’s Central Bank Offline

In a distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that began on Sunday, 26 August, and extended into today, Spain’s central bank was knocked offline. While Banco de Espana struggled to fight off the attack, business operations were not disrupted, according to Reuters. “We suffered a denial-of-service attack that intermittently affected access to our website, but it had no...
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It’s Time To Protect Your Enterprise From DDoS Attacks

DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks feature amongst the most dreaded kinds of cyber attacks, for any enterprise today. This is especially because, as the name itself suggests, there it causes a total denial of service; it exhausts all resources of an enterprise network, application or service and consequently it becomes impossible to gain access...
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