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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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Massive bot network is draining $6 million a month from online ad industry, says report

Massive bot network is draining $6 million a month from online ad industry, says report | Information wars | Scoop.it
An analytics firm has uncovered a network of more than 200 sites that appears aimed at defrauding the online ad industry. The network tricks marketers into serving billions of “targeted” ads to bots every month.
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The findings were announced on Tuesday by Spider.io, a firm that specializes in detecting abnormal internet traffic. Spider says it has identified at least 202 websites where the vast majority of visitors are bots rather than normal human visitors, and that that every major brand engaged in automated ad buying has been paying to shows ads to the bots; a visit to one of the affected sites Tuesday morning showed ads from brands like Crest and Bank of America.

Bot networks, which are a collection of virus-infected computers controlled from afar, are not new and have long been used by hackers for malicious activities like password theft or espionage. In this case, however, Spider says this is the first time a bot network has been deployed specifically to target display ads for which unwitting companies have paid.

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