Fears around bot traffic and bot-powered DDoS attacks persist

75% of organisations are worried about bot traffic posing a security threat, according to new research by the Neustar International Security Council Thanks to the proliferation of the Internet of Things, the ability for bots to cause havoc at a global level has increased significantly. IoT devices are susceptible to becoming part of a malicious botnet, …

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DoJ Charges Hackers with Staging Computer Attacks

Federal authorities have arrested two alleged members of a hacking group known as the Apophis Squad on charges of making false threats of violent attacks and staging attacks on multiple computer systems. According to an announcement from the Department of Justice (DoJ), the two defendants, Timothy Dalton Vaughn, 20, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and George …

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Number of DDoS attacks falls but sophistication improves

2018 saw a decline of 13 percent in the overall number of DDoS attacks when compared to the previous year, but cybercriminals are turning to longer, more sophisticated, mixed and HTTP flood attack techniques. This is revealed in Kaspersky Lab’s DDoS Q4 2018 Intelligence Report, which also shows the average attack duration has grown. Compared …

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Massive DDoS Attack Generates 500 Million Packets per Second

January 10 torrent involved nearly four times as many packets as last year’s huge attack on GitHub, says Imperva. Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks do not have to be bandwidth-intensive to be disruptive and hard to mitigate. Earlier this month, Imperva mitigated an attack against one of its clients that exceeded 500 million packets per second, …

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How traffic scrubbing can guard against DDoS attacks

Although most scrubbing services can help fend off distributed denial of service attacks, a more comprehensive mitigation strategy is required to remain unscathed What was possibly the world’s biggest distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack in February 2018 was stopped in its tracks after 20 minutes because there was a DDoS protection service in place. …

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