DDoS mystery: Who’s behind this massive wave of attacks targeting Dutch banks?

There is as yet no indication of who is behind the massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on Netherlands banks and government websites that ran from last weekend to Tuesday. Initial reports suggesting a Russian connection appear baseless. The attacks began just a couple of days after media reports stated that Dutch intelligence tipped off […]

DDoS Attacks Become More Complex and Costly

Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks are more complex and cause more financial damage than ever, new data shows. According to NETSCOUT Arbor’s 2017 Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report published on Wednesday, the number of DDoS attacks that cost organization between $501 to $1,000 per minute in downtime increased by 60%. In addition, 10% of enterprises estimated a major DDoS […]

Satori Botnet Malware Now Can Infect Even More IoT Devices

The authors of the Satori IoT malware family have dramatically increased their pool of bot recruits for attack botnets with a new version of the tool targeting systems running ARC processors. The latest Satori variant, the fourth since the malware first surfaced in Dec. 2017, appears to be the first aimed specifically at ARC chipsets, […]

US Gov Outlines Steps to Fight Botnets, Automated Threats

The US Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security have published a report focused on the challenges and steps toward fighting botnets and other automated, distributed threats, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced last week. Their report is a response to Executive Order 13800, Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. The EO […]

Loapi malware capable of destroying Android phones

A new strain of malware targeting Android phones is capable of performing a plethora of malicious activities, from mining cryptocurrencies to launching DDoS attacks — and so many more malicious functions in between those extremes that it can cause the battery to bulge and destroy the phone within two days. This malware, dubbed Loapi, has […]

Will IoT botnets catapult the industry toward security regulation in 2018?

Attackers demonstrated the power of an IoT-fueled botnet in 2016 when the Mirai botnet took down major websites like Reddit, Twitter and GitHub. Despite the damages, no significant changes to the IoT industry occurred. As a matter of fact, consumers continue to purchase and deploy IoT devices with little care outside the guarantee that the device works […]

What is a botnet? And why they aren’t going away anytime soon

Botnets act as a force multiplier for individual attackers, cyber-criminal groups, and nation-states looking to disrupt or break into their targets’ systems. By definition, they are a collection of any type of internet-connected device that an attacker has compromised. Commonly used in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, botnets can also take advantage of their collective […]

DDOS attacks mask data theft says retailers in APAC

The fall edition of the Neustar 2017 Global DDoS Attacks and Cyber Security Insights Report revealed that DDoS attacks continue to be an effective means to distract and confuse security teams while inflicting serious damage on brands. Read about the new Neustar 2017 Global DDoS Attacks and Cyber Security Insights Report which reveals organisations have experienced a […]

33% of businesses hit by DDoS attack in 2017, double that of 2016

Cybercriminals are increasingly turning to Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) this year, as 33% of organizations faced such an attack in 2017—up from just 17% in 2016, according to a new report from Kaspersky Lab. Read about the new report by Kaspersky Lab which reveals that 33% of organizations faced such an attack in 2017—up from […]

More than half of businesses fell victim to DDoS attacks in the past year, survey shows

More than half of businesses (54%) have been victims of successful distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks over the past 12 months, according to research from cloud security firm CDNetworks. Read about the new report by CDNetworks which reveals that more than half of businesses worldwide have fallen victim to a successful distributed denial of service […]