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DDoS knocks down DNS, data centers across the U.S. affected

DDoS knocks down DNS, data centers across the U.S. affected | Information wars | Scoop.it
On Friday morning, organizations across the internet – including GitHub, Twitter, Spotify, SoundCloud, Reddit, and the New York Times – disappeared after an attack was launched against Dyn Inc., an infrastructure provider that offers managed DNS services. The attack started early Friday morning and has lasted well into the afternoon.
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Attackers trick 162,000 WordPress sites into launching DDoS attack

Attackers trick 162,000 WordPress sites into launching DDoS attack | Information wars | Scoop.it
Technique allows lone attacker hidden in the shadows to wage crippling attacks.
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'Biggest ever attack' slows internet

'Biggest ever attack' slows internet | Information wars | Scoop.it
The world's internet has been slowed down by what experts are describing as the biggest attack of its kind in history.
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The internet around the world has been slowed down in what security experts are describing as the biggest cyber-attack of its kind in history.

A row between a spam-fighting group and hosting firm has sparked retaliation attacks affecting the wider internet.

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Pierre Levy's comment, March 29, 2013 12:05 PM
It seems that the importance of this cyber-attack has been grossly over-rated by CloudFlare !
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The Shoe Drops: Iran DDOS Attacks Hit Clouds

The Shoe Drops: Iran DDOS Attacks Hit Clouds | Information wars | Scoop.it
A nation-state attack on financial institutions, via the cloud, is almost exactly what we should have expected.
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DDoS Attacks Against Banks Increasing

DDoS Attacks Against Banks Increasing | Information wars | Scoop.it
Three years after hacktivists targeted U.S. banks with a series of DDoS attacks, the size and magnitude of attacks continue to grow, but they’re now more likely
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Huge attack on WordPress sites could spawn never-before-seen super botnet

Huge attack on WordPress sites could spawn never-before-seen super botnet | Information wars | Scoop.it
Ongoing attack from >90,000 computers is creating a strain on Web hosts, too.
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The DDoS That Almost Broke the Internet - CloudFlare blog

The DDoS That Almost Broke the Internet - CloudFlare blog | Information wars | Scoop.it
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At the bottom of this attack we once again find the problem of open DNS recursors. The attackers were able to generate more than 300Gbps of traffic likely with a network of their own that only had access 1/100th of that amount of traffic themselves. We've written about how these mis-configured DNS recursors as a bomb waiting to go off that literally threatens the stability of the Internet itself. We've now seen an attack that begins to illustrate the full extent of the problem.

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Pierre Levy's comment, March 29, 2013 12:06 PM
It seems that the importance of this cyber-attack has been grossly over-rated by CloudFlare. Several commentators denounce illegitimate self-serving ad by CloudFlare.