Security Alerts & News
by Tymoteusz A. Góral

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#1378 Inside ‘The attack that almost broke the internet’
In March 2013, a coalition of spammers and spam-friendly hosting firms pooled their resources to launch what would become the largest distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack the Internet had ever witnessed. The assault briefly knocked offline the world’s largest anti-spam organization, and caused a great deal of collateral damage to innocent bystanders in the process. Here’s a never-before-seen look at how that attack unfolded, and a rare glimpse into the shadowy cybercrime forces that orchestrated it.

The following are excerpts taken verbatim from a series of Skype and IRC chat room logs generated by a group of “bullet-proof cybercrime hosts” — so called because they specialized in providing online hosting to a variety of clientele involved in spammy and scammy activities.
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#1380 Pacemaker hacking fears rise with critical research report
#1379 Trident: Trio of iOS zero-days being exploited in the wild
#1378 Inside ‘The attack that almost broke the internet’
#1377 Japan to train personnel to counter cyberattacks on infrastructure
#1376 EU copyright reform proposes search engines pay for snippets
#1375 Fantom ransomware encrypts your files while pretending to be Windows update
#1374 RIPPER ATM malware and the 12 million baht jackpot
#1373 Hacker who stole 2.9 million credit card numbers is Russian lawmaker’s son
#1372 Mozilla launches free website security scanning service
#1371 Opera warns Sync users of possible data breach
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