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Code for massive 'Memcrashed' DDoS attack made public

March 7, 2018
You, too, can now attempt a record-setting denial-of-service attack, as the tools used to launch the attacks were publicly posted to GitHub this week.
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Researchers: Memcached Risk Worse Than Thought, But We Found a Kill Switch

March 7, 2018
Researchers at Corero Network Security say the potential impact of the Memcached vulnerability extends to data loss and corruption.
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Powerful DDoS Method Adds Extortion, Per Krebs On Security

March 6, 2018
In response to the Krebs on Security new report Powerful New DDoS Method Adds Extortion, some perspective and data from Corero Network Security, providers of DDoS protection and mitigation against a wide range of DDoS attacks for hosting and internet service providers, and for enterprises. Sean Newman, Director Product Management at Corero Network Security commented below.
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Next Possible DDoS Attack That Could Cause A Major Internet Blackout

March 5, 2018
A report out from Harvard University reveals that there could be a large-scale Internet outage similar to the Dyn outage in 2016. * The report points to the centralization of DNS which could translate into a single point of failure during a Denial-of-Service attack and could result in significant Internet outages for organizations.
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Github weathers world's largest ever DDoS attack

March 5, 2018
Github has weathered the biggest DDoS attack in history with just 10 minutes of downtime, according to new reports.
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NIS Directive concern

March 5, 2018
Is the NIS Directive tightening the UK’s national security, or a lot of hot air? asks Andrew Lloyd, President at Corero Network Security.
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Last week's DDoS attack on GitHub included a ransom demand embedded in the payload

March 5, 2018
As we reported last week code repository, GitHub was hit with the largest DDoS attack ever recorded on Wednesday. The directed denial of service only incapacitated the site for around nine minutes, but the strike pummeled servers with data volumes reaching almost 2Tbps.
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Podcast: Corero seeks to help MSSPs avoid spending resources on false cybersecurity alerts

March 3, 2018
In this podcast Ashley Stephenson, CEO of Corero Network Security explains why this occurs, and discusses a way to avoid or at least diminish this challenge. According to Stephenson, “automation-with-accuracy is one way to bring false positive numbers down”.
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Largest Ever 1.3Tbps DDoS Attack Includes Embedded Ransom Demands

March 3, 2018
"Overall memcached is expected to top the DDoS charts for a relatively short period of time," Ashley Stephenson, CEO, Corero Network Security, told SecurityWeek by email. "Ironically, as we have seen before, the more attackers who try to leverage this vector the weaker the resulting DDoS attacks as the total bandwidth of vulnerable servers is fixed and is shared across the victims. If a single attack could reach 200G, then with only 10 bad actors worldwide trying to use this vector at the same time they may only get 20G each. If there are hundreds of potential bad actors jumping on the memcached bandwagon, this once mighty resource could end up delivering just a trickle of an attack to each intended victim."
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Memcashed DDoS Amplification Exploit Emergingresources on false cybersecurity alerts

March 2, 2018
In response the discovery by researchers that DDoS attackers are using the free utility memcached protocol and servers that support the Internet protocol UDP to magnify attacks, a ‘reflection’ technique that sharply expands attack impacts, Ashley Stephenson, CEO at Corero Network Security commented below.
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The NIS Directive: A path to cyber resilience or a simple ‘tick-box’ exercise?

February 28, 2018
Back in March 2017, the UK Government launched its long-awaited Digital Strategy, which promised to make “the UK the safest place in the world to live and work online.” The government pledged to support the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to protect Britain’s critical national infrastructure.
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DDoS: Defense or Devastation

February 28, 2018
Your money or your data. Cybercriminals are forcing some companies to make the choice: Either send money or risk a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, which can take down company IT systems, disrupting infrastructure or services and resulting in significant losses across the organization. Corero research has shown that DDoS attacks increased by 35 percent in 2017 from the previous year and are becoming more sophisticated, with tools and techniques evolving alongside the explosion of vulnerable internet of things (IoT) devices hitting the market.
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Enterprise costs of DDoS attacks exceed $2Mil – Corero Expert Comments

February 27, 2018
New Kaspersky Labs research notes that the financial impact of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack continues to rise, and is now more than $120K for SMBs and more than $2M for enterprise organizations. A Corero Network Security executive notes that these costs can climb far higher, based on recent research and given upcoming regulatory changes such as GDPR.
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More Spend, Less Safety? Rising DDoS Protection Cost Hurts SMBs, Enterprises Alike

February 27, 2018
Recovering after a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is expensive, and recent research showed that costs are on the rise.
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Getting the security / risk balance right in the public sector

February 26, 2018
As well as causing frustration for millions of Australians, the widespread problems experienced during the 2016 census shone a bright light on the importance of IT security in the public sector.
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Enterprise Costs Of DDoS Attacks Exceed $2Mil

February 26, 2018
New Kaspersky Labs research notes that the financial impact of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack continues to rise, and is now more than $120K for SMBs and more than $2M for enterprise organizations. A Corero Network Security executive notes that these costs can climb far higher, based on recent research and given upcoming regulatory changes such as GDPR. Andrew Lloyd, President at Corero Network Security commented below.
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Drive-by download campaign tests exploits on Chinese websites

February 26, 2018
A drive-by download campaign is targeting Chinese websites to experiment with different exploits to drop malware.
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3 Cybersecurity Priorities for SMB E-Tailers

February 23, 2018
Some small e-commerce website operators may think their relative obscurity offers protection, but the fact is that SMBs are especially vulnerable to cyberattacks and malware.
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Digital transformation in the public sector: balancing the risks with data-driven cyber security

February 20, 2018
The possibility of falling victim to a cyber attack should not deter the public sector from moving to the cloud.
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Cybersecurity at CES: ADT targets home users

February 13, 2018
Once relegated to simple subscription firewall and internet security software, today’s smart homes have come a long way when it comes to cybersecurity. Thanks to the rapid rise of smart home-related IoT products – and the need to secure them – the residential cybersecurity market has seen massive growth, as evidenced by the substantial increase in offerings and announcements at CES in 2018.
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Business Wire under sustained DDoS attack, traffic slowed

February 7, 2018
A persistent distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack over the past week has prompted a slowdown on the Business Wire website, but seemingly hasn't exposed client data, company Chief Operating Officer (COO) Richard DeLeo told customers in a Tuesday alert.
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Final Fantasy network recovers after losing health points to DDoS attack

February 6, 2018
The network hosting the role-playing video game Final Fantasy XIV experienced significant disruptions for three hours yesterday as the result of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.
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What can be expected from #DDoS attacks in 2018?

January 31, 2018
2017 will be remembered as the year of massive data breaches, state-sponsored attacks, numerous ransomware threats and more phishing scams them we can count. But it also marked a turning point for the DDoS landscape
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2018 Cyber Security Predictions

January 29, 2018
In life, there are things that are almost guaranteed. Feature articles on predictions and trends at the beginning of the year certainly fall into this category and in the cyber security industry, there’s plenty. Having picked the brains of leading figures within the cyber security industry, we’ve rounded up some of the best and most interesting predictions as we go deeper into 2018
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Experts Recommend Security Priorities for 2018

January 29, 2018
Each November and December, cybersecurity companies and professionals put on their prognosticator’s hat and predict the security issues that we should expect to see in the coming year. IT and security decision makers can use these predictions to dictate their security priorities in the coming year, which allows for better allocation of security budgets. Here are a few security issues that the experts recommend as priorities in the coming year.
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