Many of you may have read about, or even experienced firsthand, the recent DDoS attacks, especially if you have used popular sites such as Amazon, Pinterest, Tumblr, Netflix, Twitter, Reddit, and PayPal. From users’ perspective, it may have looked like these sites were down. Some of you might even have participated in the attack; or some would have you believe. So you might be wondering: Just how responsible are you for this massive attack?
Let’s begin with what a DDoS attack is. Here’s a quick analogy I wrote on the topic back in 2014: Continue reading How Responsible Are Consumers for the Insecurity of IoT?
In a recent article, the New York Times has cast a spotlight on a new website called Hacker’s List; possibly a reference to the popular classified advertising site Craigslist. The website allows its clients to “Find professional hackers for hire.” Despite the use of the word “professional,” the types of jobs clients desire seem to be limited to relatively mundane, if illegal activities. ZDNet gives several examples of job offers that were posted on the site, including the following:
$10-$350: Need some info and messages from a Facebook account. Other jobs to come if successfull
$300-$600: I need a hacker to change my final grade, it should be done in a week.
$200-$300: Hack into a company email account. Copy all emails in that account. Give copies of the emails employer. Send spam emails confessing to lying and defamation of character to everyone in the email list.
Continue reading Hacker’s List: Personalizing the Enterprise of Hacking
Blizzard’s Battle.net, Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE, and Sony’s Playstation Network have all been hit by DDoS attacks, causing disruption in the services.
A DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack is basically a large-scale attempt to disrupt a web server using requests from many different “zombie” computers. Suppose there’s a pizza store in your town, and it normally gets 3-4 orders by phone every hour. Continue reading Several Gaming Services hit by DDoS Attacks