A new report released today shows that distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have increased dramatically in the first two quarters of 2018 compared to 2017. The increase in attacks is being attributed to large scale botnets being created by attackers using insecure IoT devices.
For the past two days, secure email provider ProtonMail has been fighting off DDoS attacks that have visibly affected the company's services, causing short but frequent outages at regular intervals.
Security researchers are continuing to see DDoS attacks that leverage the UPnP features of home routers to alter network packets and make DDoS attacks harder to detect and mitigate with classic solutions.
A hacker once considered "the Internet's most inept criminal" received on Monday a prison sentence of 20 months in prison for launching DDoS attacks against the city of Madison, Wisconsin —attacks which caused delays and outages to various municipality services, including its 911 emergency call center.
Attackers are experimenting with a new method of avoiding some DDoS mitigation solutions by employing the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) protocol to mask the source port of network packets sent during the DDoS flood.
A German hacker who launched DDoS attacks and tried to extort ransom payments from German and UK firms was sentenced last month to one year and ten months of probation.
On Tuesday the web site used to display the voting results for the Knox County, Tennessee mayoral primary was taken offline by a distributed denial-of-service attack. This prevented voters from being able to access the site and view the results of the primary.
Link11, a DDoS mitigation firm, says that DDoS attacks fell 60% across Europe following the takedown of WebStresser, the largest DDoS-for-hire portal on the market.
Europol officials have shut down WebStresser, a website where users could register and launch DDoS attacks after paying for a monthly plan, with prices starting as low as €15 ($18.25).
Security researcher Amir Khashayar Mohammadi has released today a new tool named Memfixed that can help victims of DDoS attacks carried out via Memcached servers.
Websites associated with the US National Rifle Association (NRA) have often been the targets of Memcached-based DDoS attacks, according to Qihoo 360's Network Security Research Laboratory (Netlab).
A mitigation mechanism is available for all victims who are under a DDoS attack carried out via Memcached servers.
Ukrainian authorities have sentenced two individuals —a man and a woman— to five years suspended sentences for launching DDoS attacks and running a DDoS extortion scheme.
Proof-of-concept code to run massive DDoS attacks using unsecured Memcached servers has been published online this week, along with a ready-made list of over 17,000 IP addresses belonging to vulnerable Memcached servers.
DDoS extortionists have already pounced on the Memcached DDoS attack vector in attempts to extract payments from attacked companies.
We have a new record for the largest DDoS attack ever detected. The new high mark is 1.3 Tbps (Terabits-per-second).