A man from the state of Washington has been sentenced to 13 months in federal prison for his role in developing the Satori botnet, which was used to conduct several large-scale DDoS attacks. The Justice Department also unsealed indictments naming co-conspirators.
A massive DDoS attack generating 809 million packets per second was recently directed against a large European bank, according to the security firm Akamai, which describes in a new report the unusual approach the attackers took.
Can you "big tech" a way out of a pandemic? Many governments around the world are trying, and Australia is joining the herd with a contact tracing app. But Australia has a splotchy record of large government tech projects, including in health, that may result in low voluntary adoption of an app.
The British government continues to delay deciding whether it will ban Chinese networking gear from its national 5G rollout, as the Trump administration demands. But with future trade deals on the line as the U.K. navigates its "Brexit" from the EU, Britain cannot afford to anger either Beijing or Washington.
The U.K. Labour Party says its systems were hit by a large-scale online attack that disrupted access to some campaigning systems, but led to no breach. The attack report comes amidst the Conservative government's refusal to release a report into alleged Russian interference in the Brexit referendum.
A distributed denial-of-service attacker who crashed a popular gaming service at Christmas has been sentenced to serve 27 months in prison. Austin Thompson has also been ordered to pay $95,000 in damages to Daybreak Games.
Not all that crashes has been hacked. To wit, this past weekend there were multiple major outages, including much of Argentina and Uruguay going dark, as well as U.S. retailer Target's system problems leaving customers unable to pay for goods. But none of these outages were due to cyberattacks.
Online invitation site Evite has been hacked and information on an unspecified number of users stolen. In a data minimization fail, the breach apparently dates from earlier this year, but it's been tied to "an inactive data storage file associated with Evite user accounts" from before 2014.
Traditionally, enterprises have built networks and then added security elements. But in what he describes as "the third generation of security," Fortinet's John Maddison promotes a model of security-driven networking. Hear how this can improve an organization's security posture.
Every day needs to be password security day - attackers certainly aren't dormant the other 364 days of the year. But as World Password Day rolls around again, there's cause for celebration as Microsoft finally stops recommending periodic password changes.