The browser is the window to the web. But what's going in the background during that browsing is opaque to most users. A new experiment shows how the computing power of tens of thousands of computers could be unknowingly harnessed to crack passwords, harvest cryptocurrencies or conduct DDoS attacks.
Internet of things security alert: An attacker has been attempting to infect hundreds of thousands of Huawei home routers with a variant of the notorious Mirai malware called Satori, security researchers warn. Huawei has confirmed the flaw and issued patches and workarounds for affected users.
A 21-year-old man appeared in British court this week to face 11 charges, including using DDoS attacks to disrupt sites run by Google, Pokemon and Skype, as well as money laundering and selling malware and "crypting services."
DataBreachToday Executive Editor Mathew J. Schwartz's examination of the growing threats facing the critical energy sector leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also in this report: A discussion of safeguarding the telehealth marketplace.
Security companies are warning that a global attack using compromised IoT devices may be coming soon. Check Point says one million organizations are running a device infected with IoTroop, also known as Reaper, which is botnet code that perhaps is related to Mirai but spreads in a much different way.
The FBI is asking all U.S. victims of DDoS attacks to please come forward. The bureau's plea for more information from cyberattack victims parallels similar requests made this week by British authorities speaking at ISMG's Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit in London.
Admitted Mirai malware attacker Daniel Kaye has been extradited from Germany to the United Kingdom, where he faces charges that he launched DDoS attacks and extortion attempts against the U.K.'s Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays banks.
What factors are security leaders weighing today when making decisions about investments to protect their organizations tomorrow? Neustar's Joseph Loveless comments on results of ISMG's new Strategic Cybersecurity Investments Study.
The Mirai botnet is just the most high-profile example of the new weaponization of DDoS. Attacks are stronger than ever, and multilayer defenses are needed to prevent disruption and distraction, says Darren Anstee of Arbor Networks.
DDoS attacks are complex and unpredictable, making human intervention and expertise essential to mitigation. In Q4 2016, one internet security organization observed an 167% increase in the average DDoS attack peak size from 2015. While deploying attack mitigations, they also observed that 52% of attacks were User...
DDoS attacks against financial institutions can reduce productivity and decrease revenue. In Q4 2016, one internet security organization observed that 7% of all their mitigations were for the finance industry. The attacks they fought against averaged a size of 10.4 Gbps and peaked over 100 Gbps.
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When it comes to massive DDoS attacks powered by the likes of a Mirai botnet, "the sky is not falling," says ESET security researcher Cameron Camp. But organizations do need to prepare - and here's where to start.
At the request of German authorities, British police have arrested a suspected hacker involved in last year's disruption of 1 million Deutsche Telekom customers' routers via Mirai malware, which targets default credentials on internet-connected devices.
As mobile devices eclipse computers and laptops as the preferred method of going online, fraudsters have followed users, porting their modus operandi -account takeover, social engineering, and malware based remote control attacks - to the mobile arena. Thus, hackers have many more opportunities to perpetrate fraud and...