Attackers Clobbering Victims with One-Two Punch of Ransomware and DDoS.

Encrypted systems now being added to botnets in the latest incarnations of ransomware attacks, with experts expecting this to become standard practice. As if ransomware weren’t bad enough, attackers are now making the most of their attacks by adding victimized machines to distributed denial of service (DDoS) botnets at the same time that they’re encrypted …

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Anonymous Leads the Pack for 2016’s Trending Hacktivist Groups

Based on collected threat intelligence and social media hype, SurfWatch Labs says that Anonymous maintained its position as top trending hacktivist group, followed by Turk Hack Team (THT), New World Hacking (NWO), and Ghost Squad Hackers. The data reveals that, compared to other years, hacktivism has slowed down and lost momentum but has still managed …

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U.S. Spending Heavily to Counter Deadly DDoS Cyber Attacks by Foreign Foes

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is spending heavily to automate the cyber defense responses of the U.S. military to counter distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that are widely expected to precede a limited armed conflict or a full-scale war with another nation. DARPA’s answer to this deadly threat is Extreme DDoS Defense or XD3. This program will alter the …

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