DDoS Attacks That Employ TCP Amplification Cause Network Congestion, Secondary Outages

Over the past month, threat actors have been using a relatively non-conventional approach to mount a flurry of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks: through TCP amplification. Security company Radware shared its observations on multiple campaigns involving Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) reflection Read More …

Smominru Botnet Indiscriminately Hacked Over 90,000 Computers Just Last Month

Insecure Internet-connected devices have aided different types of cybercrime for years, most common being DDoS and spam campaigns. But cybercriminals have now shifted toward a profitable scheme where botnets do not just launch DDoS or spam—they mine cryptocurrencies as well. Read More …

Man jailed for cyber attacks against police websites in revenge for bomb hoax conviction

A 20-year-old man has been jailed for 16 months after launching cyber attacks against police websites. Liam Reece Watts used specialist software to overload the Greater Manchester Police and Cheshire Police websites in separate attacks which temporarily brought down the Read More …

Multistage Attack Delivers BillGates/Setag Backdoor, Can Turn Elasticsearch Databases into DDoS Botnet ‘Zombies’

Elasticsearch is no stranger to cybercriminal abuse given its popularity and use to organizations. In fact, this year’s first quarter saw a surge of attacks — whether by exploiting vulnerabilities or taking advantage of security gaps — leveled against Elasticsearch servers. These attacks mostly deliveredcryptocurrency-mining malware, as in the Read More …