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Game Website Wurm Offers 10,000 Euro Reward for Hackers behind DDoS

Free online game website Wurm is offering a 10,000 euro ($13,000) reward for details on the culprits behind the recent DDoS attack that affected its servers, according to The Hacker News. The multiplayer game was hacked hours after their 1.2 update. “Shortly after today’s update we were the target of a DDOS attack and our hosting provider had to pull us off the grid for now,” game developer Rolf Jansson sai...

Largest DDoS Attack in History Signals ‘Start of Ugly Things to Come’

The biggest DDoS attack in history that exploited a Network Time Protocol vulnerability has been recorded this week, according to the BBC. The attack measured 400+ gigabits per second - 100 Gbps larger than the one on Spamhaus. The Network Time Protocol (NTP) is a clock synchronization network protocol between computer systems, operational since 1985. Even if changes were made, the operation process is stil...

Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Facebook.com; Domain is Now Restored

The Syrian Electronic Army hacked Facebook.com Wednesday night after breaching the registrar, according to Security Week. The domain was restored in the meantime to "domain@fb.com". The hacking group wished Mark Zuckerberg a happy birthday on Facebook’s 10th year of existence, and left a message stating that Facebook is now owned by #SEA. On their Twitter account, the hackers showed how they allegedly chang...

Target Confirms Data Breach; Customer Card Data at Risk

Retail chain Target confirmed unauthorized access to its customers’ payment card data that might have affected 40 million accounts. Sensitive information stolen in the attack includes customer names, credit or debit card numbers, card expiration dates and Card Verification Values, according to a press release. “The breach window is definitely expanding,” an anti-fraud analyst told security researcher Brian ...

Fraudsters Target Cyber-Stalkers, Bitdefender Finds

In the age of all-pervasive social networks, hacking and 24-hour connectivity, cyber-stalkers may seem to be scary predators indeed. But a growing class of cyber-crook has now started to prey on the predators, according to Bitdefender research. The antivirus software provider has discovered that cyber-stalkers are targeted by cyber-criminals who place malvertising on people search engines, where anyone can ...

Stratfor Hacker Faces 10 Years in Prison

The Anonymous member arrested for hacking security analysis company Stratfor faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to hacking and conspiracy to commit access device fraud, according to cNET. In the attack last year, Jeremy Hammond took confidential data from Stratfor’s clients, including the U.S. Army, Lockheed Martin, U.S. Air Force, Department of Defense, and the Bank of America. “As part of each...

Fraudsters Steal Yahoo Passwords and Block Accounts

Yahoo users are again slammed by fraudsters who steal their credentials and block their accounts. The e-mails look like coming from a biology education platform, and warn users their accounts were deleted. The phishing messages manage to avoid the e-mail provider’s antispam filters and flood many inboxes. Users are tricked to give away their credentials with well-crafted e-mails about a fake “Yahoo! Email D...

Anonymous Member Could Spend Five Years behind Bars in Koch Attack

A 37-year-old Anonymous member faces up to five years in prison if found guilty of a DDoS attack against a multinational company, according to IT World. If convicted, he may also be forced to pay up to $500,000 fines. Eric J. Rosol from the US state of Wisconsin allegedly participated in the attack on a website of the Koch Industries back in February 2011. The firm is involved in several businesses, includi...

Internet Hit by Huge, but not Global, DDoS Attack

The DDoS attack that hit SpamHaus this week was huge, but not as global as first thought, according to Venture Beat. The Internet Traffic Report shows the response time has been “pretty steady for the past 30 days, with no discernible dip in the past week, and packet loss globally has remained steady at almost zero.” Venture Beat also looked at the InternetPulse, which revealed that the internet in the US w...

Anonymous DDoS Attack against PayPal Costs Company £3.5 Million

PayPal spent millions of pounds in an attempt to strengthen its defense against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that have targeted the company on and off for more than two years. When it started in 2010, Anonymous’ Operation Payback was codename for a series of hacktivist attacks against companies known to oppose internet piracy, but the op soon shifted focus and went against e-commerce big pla...

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