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Botnet Creators Who Took Down the Internet Plead Guilty [Updated] Botnet Creators Who Took Down the Internet Plead Guilty [Updated]

Two hackers responsible for creating the massive Mirai botnet that knocked large swathes of the internet offline last year have pleaded guilty. The pair commandeered hundreds of thousands of connected devices that were used to hurl spam traffic at a Rutgers University server that contained a web portal used by faculty…

GAO Will Investigate FCC's Sketchy Claim That a Cyberattack Broke Its Comment System GAO Will Investigate FCC's Sketchy Claim That a Cyberattack Broke Its Comment System

The Government Accountability Office, a federal watchdog agency that provides investigative support to legislators, will look into the Federal Communications Commission and its chief Ajit Pai’s dubiously supported claims that a cyberattack took down the FCC’s public commenting system earlier this year.

Google Removes 300 Apps Used to Launch DDoS Attacks From Play Store Google Removes 300 Apps Used to Launch DDoS Attacks From Play Store

Google has removed roughly 300 apps from its Play Store after security researchers from several internet infrastructure companies discovered that the seemingly harmless apps—offering video players and ringtones, among other features—were secretly hijacking Android devices to provide traffic for large-scale distributed…

Senior US Official Claimed the FCC Got 'Hacked' After Security Professionals Found No Proof Senior US Official Claimed the FCC Got 'Hacked' After Security Professionals Found No Proof

A senior US official has admitted to being the source behind a claim that the FCC was “hacked” in 2014 during the net neutrality debate. Internally, however, the agency’s security team had assessed there was no evidence of a malicious intrusion.

US Blames North Korea for Series of DDoS Attacks US Blames North Korea for Series of DDoS Attacks

The 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.

FCC Refuses to Release Evidence of the 'DDoS Attack' on Its Website FCC Refuses to Release Evidence of the 'DDoS Attack' on Its Website

A couple of weeks ago, John Oliver asked viewers to express their concerns about net neutrality on the FCC’s website. Shady antics ensued and the FCC claimed its official website fell victim to a DDoS attack. Activists, senators, and security experts have demanded to see the logs but the FCC has decided they can’t…

FBI's New Anti-Hacking Campaign Asks Teens To Be Cyber Heroes, Not Cyber Zeroes 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 with this:

Everything We Know About the Cyber Attack That Crippled America's Internet Everything We Know About the Cyber Attack That Crippled America's Internet

Friday’s DDoS attack on Dyn’s domain name servers was unprecedented. The attack utilized a botnet made up of “internet of things” (IoT) devices (think: smart TVs, 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…

Chinese Company Recalls Cameras Used in Last Week's Huge Cyberattack 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.

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

Watch America's Internet Get Wiped Out by a Massive DDoS Attack Watch America's Internet Get Wiped Out by a Massive DDoS Attack

Today a massive DDoS attack took out a major piece of internet infrastructure, causing huge outages across the United States and Europe. Watch it spread like a disease across the States.

The FBI and Homeland Security Are Investigating Today's Giant Cyber Attack The FBI and Homeland Security Are Investigating Today's Giant Cyber Attack

According to a new report from Reuters, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are investigating the massive distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) hitting the DNS provider Dyn.

Today's Brutal DDoS Attack Is the Beginning of a Bleak Future Today's Brutal DDoS Attack Is the Beginning of a Bleak Future

This morning a ton of websites and services, including Spotify and Twitter, were unreachable because of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on Dyn, a major DNS provider. Details of how the attack happened remain vague, but one thing seems certain. Our internet is frightfully fragile in the face of…

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

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

Hackers Broke Into the KKK's Security Company and Stole Its Data Hackers Broke Into the KKK's Security Company and Stole Its Data

Staminus Communications, a hosting provider that specializes 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.

Anonymous: Still Trolling After All These Years 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.

The "Great Cannon": How China Turns Its Websites Into Cyberweapons  The "Great Cannon": How China Turns Its Websites Into Cyberweapons 

When anti-Chinese censorship services got hit with a crippling distributed-denial-of-service attack last month, researchers quickly pegged China as the culprit. Now, Citizen Lab has pinpointed the Chinese tool that made this attack happen. They’re calling it the Great Cannon.

China's DDoS Attacks Used Unencrypted Websites to Hijack Browsers 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.

How DDoS Attacks Work, And Why They're So Hard To Stop How DDoS Attacks Work, And Why They're So Hard To Stop

Last week, eager Christmas celebrators across the world hooked up their brand new Xboxes and PlayStations only to find that both online networks were down, leaving countless new games totally unplayable.

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