The U.K. National Crime Agency has charged four teenagers with using the "Lizard Stresser" distributed denial-of-service tool to disrupt the websites of a national newspaper and a school, as well as gaming companies and online retailers.
Nothing says "you really screwed up" like receiving the Pwnie Award for "Most Epic Fail" at the annual Black Hat conference. Hence it's no surprise that in the wake of its mega breach, the win goes to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Akamai's John Ellis talks about the quick evolution of bots and botnets, and how enterprise security leaders should deal with them now using a three-pronged approach - detection, management and mitigation.
Just how prepared are Japanese entities for dealing with the risks from targeted attacks? What are the unique considerations and the maturity level? Trend Micro's Masayoshi Someya shares his perspective.
The Ashley Madison dating website hack and threatened data release is a perfect illustration of the perils - and promise - of our Internet-connected, hacktivist age, whether it comes to online dating or the Internet of Things.
Is it wrong that accused Lizard Squad hacker Julius Kivimaki, a teenager who was convicted of 50,700 "instances of aggravated computer break-ins" attacks, gets to walk away without having to serve any jail time?
A "deliberate" denial-of-service attack against state-owned LOT Polish Airlines resulted in ground crews being unable to generate flight plans. The airline now says its systems were not hacked, but rather disrupted, and that all airlines face similar risks.
Attackers today continue to refine their distributed denial-of-service attack capabilities, delivering downtime on demand. The increase in attack effectiveness and volume demands new types of defenses, says Akamai's Richard Meeus.
An army of 40,000 small office/home office routers have been exploited by automated malware. But who's responsible for devices being vulnerable: vendors for using well-known defaults; or distributors and IT managers for not locking them down?
Wanted: Hackers for hire. Or in British government parlance: "Committed and responsible individuals who have the potential to carry out computer network operations to keep the U.K. safe." Ready to apply?
In the wake of the breaches suffered by JPMorgan Chase, Sony and Anthem, attack attribution and information sharing are playing more prominent roles for banking leaders, and they will be key discussion points at the upcoming RSA Conference 2015 in San Francisco.
The DNS infrastructure underlying the Internet is the map that both the good guys and bad guys need. Dr. Paul Vixie, a member of the Internet Hall of Fame, discusses DNS' impact on the security landscape.
DDoS attacks are easy to launch yet difficult to defend against. Margee Abrams of Neustar discusses the state of DDoS and how organizations can best defend against today's potentially damaging attacks.