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DDoS Attack

Meet the company whose webcams shut down the Internet last Friday

October 24th, 2016

Last Friday, hackers successfully managed to unleash an absolutely massive DDoS attack that swiftly knocked a number of popular websites offline, including Twitter, Spotify and even Amazon. DDoS attacks are of course nothing new, but last Friday’s attack was unique insofar as it was incredibly massive and was carried out with a botnet not comprised …

DDOS Attack

Yesterday’s massive Internet outage was caused by hijacked DVRs, webcams and more

October 22nd, 2016

Hackers yesterday attacked Dyn, a major DNS service, with an absolutely massive DDoS attack that swiftly took a number of popular services, including Twitter, PayPal and Spotify, offline. While DDoS attacks are nothing new in and of themselves, there are two aspects to yesterday’s widespread assault on the Internet that are particularly intriguing. One, the scale …

Sony Hack: Leaked Downloads

Sony counterhacks its stolen digital goods to prevent illegal downloads

December 11th, 2014

Sony Pictures has been the victim of an elaborate cyber attack, with hackers having been able to steal 100 terabytes of data from the company’s Internet-connected computer network. However, in addition to investigating the data breach, Sony is not afraid to fight back, Re/code has learned, as the company is using certain weapons to try …

Largest DDoS Attack

Largest DDoS attack ever nails company that protects against DDoS attacks

February 11th, 2014

A company that is supposed to protect against DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks just suffered what appears to be the largest one ever. According to IT News, CloudFlare, a content delivery network and security provider, said that the attack reached over 400 Gbps at its peak, 100 Gbps more than the previous record.

Record Breaking DDoS Attack

Spat between two Dutch companies sparks record-breaking 300Gbps DDoS attack

March 27th, 2013

Insulting the honor of alleged Dutch spammers may not be the smartest idea. The New York Times reports that a fight between Dutch anti-spam group Spamhaus and Dutch hosting company Cyberbunker has resulted in the world’s largest recorded distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, which peaked at speeds of 300Gbps this week. The spat between the firms started when Spamhaus added …

Google+ flaw allows hackers to execute DDoS attacks using Google servers

August 31st, 2011

A security expert at Italian security firm AIR Sicurezza Informatica claims to have found a security flaw in Google’s new social network that allows hackers to potentially use Google+ servers to execute DDoS attacks. Simone Quatrini explained the flaw on the IHTeam Security Blog, and he wrote a script that can perform the attack, repeatedly …