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Chuck Norris Botnet Overtakes Routers

Chuck Norris Botnet Karate-chops Routers HardBy Robert McMillan, IDG News ServiceIf you haven't changed the default password on your home router, you may be in for an unwanted visit from Chuck Norris the Chuck Norris botnet, that is.The malware got the Chuck Norris moniker from a programmer's Italia[...]

Wesleyan University Suffers from DOS Attack

The University experienced a campus-wide Internet outage on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 10:50 p.m. until 2:34 a.m. Another outage occurred the next day at approximately 11:30 p.m. According to Karen Warren, Director of User and Technical Services, both of the outages were caused by a Denial of Service (DOS[...]

Concern about Denial of Service Attacks through Smartphones

WATERLOO, Canada – Last week, Scott Totzke, RIM’s VP of BlackBerry Security, stated his concerns about the use of “rogue” devices as tools to enable a distributed denial of service attack on wireless networks. An example of such an attack was carried out in July to slow the networks in South[...]

W32/Xpaj botnet

An Interesting article from McAfee on a fast growing botnet Two weeks ago I blogged about a new virus–W32/Xpaj–found in the wild by McAfee researchers and actively spreading around the world. Since then we have closely monitored the change in spread and severity of the virus, improved generic d[...]

DDoS Packets are Two Percent of Net Traffic, Report Says

By Ryan Singel April 02, 2008 | 3:26:22 PMOne out of every 50 packets on the internet is malicious junk intended simply to clog the tubes, according to a high level traffic analysis by Arbor Networks.Distributed Denial of Service attacks or DDoSes aim to bring a site down by bombarding it with fake [...]

What Spooks Microsoft’s Chief Security Advisor

You would think that Microsoft’s Chief Security Officer should be more concerned with his own company’s OS, but he’s not. Check out this article for more amusement. “Microsoft’s U.S. general manager/chief security advisor for its National Security Team, Bret Arsenault, thinks like a tru[...]

DSLreports.com Under Attack

DSLreports.com was hit by a DDOS attack yesterday that resulted in an outage. This is a great site by the way, that is used not only by cable and DSL users but also some cable executives to see what’s being said about their respective Internet service offerings. The site is somewhere on Nac.net’[...]

When Bots Attack

If you want to bring down a country’s information infrastructure and you don’t want anyone to know who did it, the weapon of choice is a distributed denial of service attack. Using rented botnets, you can launch hundreds of thousands – even millions – of infobombs at a target, all while main[...]

Hackers Take Down the Most Wired Country in Europe

The minister of defense checked the Web page again – still nothing. He stared at the error message: For some reason, the site for Estonia’s leading newspaper, the Postimees, wasn’t responding. Jaak Aaviksoo attempted to pull up the sites of a couple of other papers. They were all down. The for[...]

Firms hit rivals with web attacks

By Mark WardTechnology Correspondent, BBC News websiteLegitimate businesses are turning to cyber criminals to help them cripple rival websites, say security experts.The rise in industrial sabotage comes as some suggest cyber criminals are turning away from using web-based attack tools in extortion r[...]

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