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DDoS attacks often coincide with other threats

A survey undertaken by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International has demonstrated that, in most cases, a DDoS attack is only the tip of the iceberg. 74% of respondents representing the corporate sector reported that DDoS attacks against their companies coincided with other IT security incidents. Sometimes these are not coincidences, but deliberate attempts to distract …

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Thai government websites hit by denial-of-service attack

Several Thai government websites have been hit by a suspected distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, making them impossible to access. The sites went offline at 22:00 local time (15:00 GMT) on Wednesday. Access was restored by Thursday morning. It appeared to be a protest against the government’s plan to limit access to sites deemed inappropriate. Tens of …

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Hackers use DDoS attacks to distract you

Low-level persistent DDoS masks the real attack, warns report Cybercriminals are using low-level DDoS attacks to mask malware injections, according to a report from information security services firm Neustar. Half of the 800 executives surveyed for the report, titled North America and EMEA: The Continual Threat to Digital Brands for 2015, said they had suffered a DDoS attack …

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Canadian, U.S. organizations focus of latest DDoS extortion campaign

Enterprises in Canada and the U.S. are increasingly being targeted by new distributed denial of service attacks from a Bitcoin extortionist group dubbed DD4BC, according to a new report from Akamai Technologies. “The latest attacks – focused primarily on the financial service industry – involved new strategies and tactics intended to harass, extort and ultimately embarrass the …

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How to minimize the impact from DDoS attacks

In early 2000, one of the first known distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks shut Yahoo down for three hours when an attacker repurposed a university’s computers to flood the Internet portal’s traffic. Such synchronized attacks from multiple sources against a sole target characterize DDoS attacks, a relatively new phenomenon as compared to “traditional” denial-of-service (DoS) attacks, …

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