UK Teen Charged with Running DDoS Booter Service

UK authorities have charged an eighteen-year-old with running a DDoS booter service that was used to launch DDoS attacks on legitimate businesses across the world. According to authorities, the teenager’s name is Jack Chappell, 18, of Stockport, a small town southeast of Manchester, UK. Investigators say Chappell created malware that he installed on devices around …

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Massive cyberattack spreads ransomware across Europe, US

A massive cyberattack that freezes computers and demands a ransom to open them has hit companies in the U.S. and elsewhere around the world today, U.S. officials and private cybersecurity analysts said. Among the American targets are the giant Merck pharmaceutical company in New Jersey; the Mondelez food company, which produces Oreo cookies; and a …

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Lawmakers seek answers on alleged FCC DDoS attack

Five Democratic senators are seeking an FBI investigation into possible cyberattacks on the Federal Communication Commission’s online comment system. The FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System crashed in the early hours of May 8 in what the agency called “deliberate attempts by external actors to bombard” the commission and render its systems unusable by legitimate commenters. Sens. …

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6 steps to reduce your risk of a DDoS attack

You’ve seen the splashy headlines about web services getting taken down by DDoS, or Distributed-Denial-of-Service Attacks, but have you ever worried about these attacks taking down your firm’s site? As recently as October 2016, internet traffic company Dyn was the victim of several DDoS attacks, which shut down websites and services across the East Coast. …

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DDoS still the mainstay of Aussie cyber crime

New study finds denial of service still king despite ransomware rise. Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are still the tool of choice for cybercriminals targeting Australian organisations despite the recent influx of ransomware. The study from NTT Group found that 22 per cent of all attacks targeting Australia were related to denial of service. …

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