GitHub, Struck by Record-Breaking DDoS, Walks It Off

Yesterday, the internet’s favourite code repository, GitHub, was hit by a record 1.35-terabyte-per-second denial-of-service attack—the most powerful recorded so far. Yet, the website only endured a few minutes of intermittent downtime. Read More >>

US Blames North Korea for Series of DDoS Attacks

The US Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a rare cybersecurity bulletin linking North Korea to a series of attacks that have targeted US businesses and critical infrastructure since 2009. Read More >>

Note To Wannabe Anonymous Hacktivists: Sometimes The Target Is You

Anyone considering joining the ranks of Anonymous should be aware that the software tools they use to attack others might well turn on them too. Read More >>

FBI’s New Anti-Hacking Campaign Asks Teens To Be Cyber Heroes, Not Cyber Zeroes

This week, the FBI teamed up with Europol to launch a public prevention campaign designed to “raise awareness of the risk of young adults getting involved in cybercrime.” In service of that mission, the law enforcement agencies representing some of the world’s most powerful nations somehow came up this: Read More >>

Everything We Know About the Cyber Attack That Crippled Parts of the Internet

Friday’s DDoS attack on Dyn’s domain name servers was unprecedented. The attack utilised a botnet made up of “internet of things” (IoT) devices (think: smart TV’s, DVRs, and internet-connected cameras) to take down a major piece of internet infrastructure. The result? For most of Friday, people across the United States and some parts of Europe were unable to access sites like Amazon, Twitter, CNN, PayPal, Spotify and more. Here’s what we know so far. Read More >>

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Chinese Company Recalls Cameras Used in Last Week’s Huge Cyberattack

Xiongmai, the Chinese company whose webcams were at least partially responsible for Friday’s massive DDoS attack, is recalling some of its products in the US. Read More >>

The Batman of the Internet Hacks Russian Government Website, Demands Retribution

Holy cyber attack! The man that former FBI agents have dubbed the “Batman of the Internet” has returned. And this time he’s targeting Russia with one simple message: “I am vengeance!” Read More >>

What Is DNS and Why Does It Make the Internet Break?

Today, half of America’s internet shut down when hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. It’s still unclear exactly who carried out the attack and why, but regardless, the event served as a demonstration of how easily large swaths of the web can be wiped out if attacked by determined hackers. Read More >>

Israeli Teens Arrested In Connection With ‘Majority’ of Recent DDoS Attacks

Two Israeli eighteen-year-olds have been arrested in connection with an FBI investigation into vDOS, a cyberattack service that has been credited with perpetrating “a majority” of the DDoS attacks over the last few years. Read More >>

Hackers Broke Into a Security Company and Stole the KKK’s Data

Staminus Communications, a hosting provider that specialises in DDoS protection, was the target of a massive hack that exposed sensitive customer data, including credit card information. One of the company’s clients is the Ku Klux Klan, so there’s that. Read More >>

Students Miss Deadlines as DDoS Attack Cripples Universities Across the UK

Academics up and down the country are struggling to get online today, with Janet, the computer network connecting many British universities to the internet, being subjected to a sustained DDoS attack. It was targeted by hackers yesterday, and has been down for much of the past 24 hours or so. Read More >>

Anonymous: Still Trolling After All These Years

Yesterday, an environmentalist faction of Anonymous took down a Hawaiian state government website and a site for the Thirty Meter Telescope project, a controversial effort to build the world’s second largest telescope atop Mauna Kea. You’ve probably never heard of Operation Green Rights. But that’s the point. Read More >>

China’s DDoS Attacks Used Unencrypted Websites to Hijack Browsers

Over the past few weeks, China has been using its country’s internet infrastructure to attack political opponents by turning normal users’ web browsers into Denial of Service tools. Read More >>