Behind the Akamai DDoS Attack

A bit late (my apologies) but it’s interesting to look at the recent Distributed Denial of Service attack on Akamai, an Internet infrastructure provider. The attack blocked nearly all access to Apple Computer, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo’s Web sites for two hours on Tuesday by bringing down Akamai’s domain name system, or DNS, servers. These …

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The Price of Worms

How damaging are worms? Very, says Sandvine Inc, a Canada based Internet security company. It says that the main damage is on ISPs who lose bandwidth to them, and face daily Denial of Service attacks. “In fact,” Sandvine says in one new report (PDF, registration required), ”Internet worms and the malicious, malformed data traffic they generate …

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Who Is Behind Bagel, NetSky and MyDoom?

Who is behind this latest crop of viruses, and variants on viruses?   Mi2g, a London-based technology security company, reckon that MyDoom and Bagle ”is not the activity of hobbyists but organised criminals” and that Doomjuice.a, which carried the source code of MyDoom.a was “clearly written by the same perpetrators” with the motive of covering their tracks. …

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Viruses And The Russian Connection

As feared, MyDoom seems to come from Russia. Or does it? The Moscow Times quotes Kaspersky Labs as saying they used location-sensing software to trace the first e-mails infected with MyDoom back to addresses with Russian Internet providers. “It’s scary, but most serious viruses are written in Russia,” said Denis Zenkov, spokesman for Kaspersky, the …

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News: Spam Warfare, Dutch Style

If you wonder why people don’t just go after spammers, vigilante-style, here’s why. Three Dutch blogging websites launched an online war against a U.S. spammer, Customerblast.com late last week, and found they’d bitten off more than they could chew. The weblogs, according to The Register, tried to push Customerblast off the web with sustained distributed …

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News: The Explanation Behind All Those Attacks?

 It seems that there’s a purpose behind the viruses we’ve all been getting: old-fashioned extortion. Reuters reports that extortionists — many thought to come from eastern Europe — have been targetting casinos and retailers, but one recent high-profile victim was the Port of Houston. The attacks, which can cripple a corporate network with a barrage …

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News: Internet Payment Under Attack

 Internet payment system Worldpay is under hack attack from unknown assailants, hitting thousands of online retailers around the world, the BBC reports. The company’s payment and administration networks have been flooded with computer-generated requests, clogging the system and slowing transactions – also known as a “denial-of-service” attack. Worldpay is owned by the Royal Bank of …

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Update: More On The Spiral of Evil

 Spammers may be using viruses to attack their enemies. Further to my column on how virus writers and spammers may be in cahoots to deliver spam, The Register reports that anti-spam activists have produced fresh evidence that recent assaults — called Distributed Denial of Service attacks, or DDoS, — on their websites have been enabled …

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Update: Sobig’s 9/11

 Here’s some more evidence that the Sobig worms may be part of something more sinister: Central Command, a provider of PC anti-virus software and services, says its latest incarnation, Sobig.F, “is estimated to have infected millions of systems worldwide and may draw on them to be part of a cyber army focusing a digital assault …

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