Posts tagged “DDoS”

Russian government blamed for LiveJournal DDoS attack

“The distributed denial of service attack on the Cyrillic language section of the blogging portal reportedly started on Wednesday of last week and continued through until Tuesday, although there have been other reported outages since then.

According to the Moscow Times, hackers used botnet-driven computers in Asia and Eastern Europe to flood the LiveJournal servers with page requests, effectively paralysing the site for several hours at a time.”

From Infosecurity

Second- and Third-Generation Controls Rise in Russian Cyberspace

“As governments in the Middle East have cracked down on Internet traffic outright this year, Russian authorities have expanded their control over cyberspace in a more indirect manner, employing a voluntary Internet patrol group, paid pro-government commentators, alleged DDoS attacks, and a new surveillance system to increase pressure on Russian netizens.”

From OpenNet Initiative

“Anonymous” attacks Sony to protest PS3 hacker lawsuit

“The hacker hordes of Anonymous have transferred their fickle attention to Sony. They are currently attacking the company’s online Playstation store in retribution for Sony’s lawsuit against PS3 hacker George Hotz (aka “GeoHot”). A denial of service attack has temporarily taken down playstation.com.

While most Anonymous attacks remain online-only hacks or protests, Operation Sony will feature a real world component. On April 16, Anonymous wants people to gather at their local Sony stores to complain in person.”

From Ars Technica

Anonymous hit Warner Bros in latest Operation Payback attack

“The Anonymous hacktivist collective temporarily took down the website of Warner Bros Records with a distributed denial of service attack yesterday.

According to unconfirmed reports, the group was also attempting to download Warner Bros emails and archived material.

Anonymous launched the attack to protest against Warner Bros’ involvement in a US$75 trillion lawsuit against file sharing company Limewire.”

From itnews

Internal Affairs website back online after outage

“New Zealand–The Department of Internal Affairs website is now back up and running after it was shut down – only days before it was due to be hacked by international cyber activist group.

The website and some other Internal Affairs websites have been down since the beginning of the week – and many still remain affected. The department says it is continuing to get the sites restored.

The outages come after “hacktivist” group Anonymous promised a “denial of service” attack on the department’s websites in protest over Internal Affairs implementation of internet filtering which aims to limit the international trade in images of child sexual abuse.”

From New Zealand Herald

Internal Affairs websites attacked

“NEW ZEALAND–Internal Affairs’ websites may have been knocked offline by a group of online activists that has previously attacked the websites of financial institutions and Middle Eastern governments.

Access to the department’s main websites was blocked for most of yesterday, although spokesman Tony Wallace said it couldn’t be sure whether it was the result of action by the group Anonymous, which warned in a YouTube video that it would launch a “denial-of-service” attack from Monday.”

From The Dominion Post

Meet the hacktivist who tried to take down the government

“Many believe “hacktivism”, or online activism, is a legitimate form of protest but this young man quickly discovered the authorities believe otherwise.

Matthew George loved the internet. The 22-year-old confessed loner from Newcastle used to spend almost all of his waking hours online in chat rooms and social networking sites.

But in October 2009 this online existence was suddenly threatened. The Rudd government had announced its plan to censor the internet. George was outraged. George would now add political activism to his previously mundane internet activities, as he began communicating with members of the internet activist group Anonymous.”

From The Sydney Morning Herald

DDoS Attack Aims Korean Website

“DDoS(Distributed Denial of Service) attack is now on Korean websites including government webpages. We’re on emergency response with our all resources including ASEC and CERT, providing emergency antivirus solution.

This case is very similar to DDoS attack on July 7, 2009 which hit all over Korea. Identified malicious codes are as below: ntcm63.dll, SBUpdate.exe, ntds50.dll, watcsvc.dll, soetsvc.dll, mopxsvc.dll, SBUpdate.exe

AhnLab predicted that there is strong possibility of occuring one more time on 18:00 today in Korean Time.”

From Ahnlab Security Blog

South Korea hit by cyber attacks

“South Korea has been hit by a series of cyber attacks which have targeted some of the country’s leading websites.

Government ministries, the National Assembly, the military headquarters, US Forces in Korea and major banks were among those hit.

It is believed that the attackers injected malware into two peer-to-peer file-sharing websites.”

From BBC News

‘Anonymous’ Hackers Help Iranian Activists Fight The Regime

“In recent days, with Iranians taking to the streets to protest against the government, the country’s Islamic authorities have boosted their censorship efforts in a bid to crush opposition activity online.

This is where Anonymous and its “Operation: Iran” come in.

The collective is providing users with special advice forums and tools to fight the Iranian government’s censorship. The group has also encouraged Iranian users to use distributed-denial-of-service attacks (DDOS) in order to take down key government websites like khamenei.ir, the website of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, as well as leader.ir and president.ir.”

From Radio Free Europe