Tag: Web

Attack on Managed DNS Firm Hobbles Twitter, Spotify, Others

Attack on Managed DNS Firm Hobbles Twitter, Spotify, Others

In-brief: A sustained denial of service attack against Dyn, a provider of hosted domain name system (DNS) services hobbled some of the Internet’s most trafficked websites on Friday. Its source or intended purpose still aren’t known.

CCTV cameras are part of a massive botnet that launched large denial of service attacks last week. It's not the first time that such devices have played a role in attacks.

The Hacked Camera Botnet: Not New, Just Big

In-brief: More than 100,000 infected, Internet connected cameras played a part in giant denial of service attacks against a security news website last week. It’s not the first time such devices have been used to attack. 

Two U.S. Senators are requesting information about the government's experience with ransomware - asking whether Uncle Sam has paid ransoms to get data back.

Updated: Vulnerability on 3m Systems Could Spread Ransomware To Schools

In-brief: Researchers at Cisco Systems said that they had identified more than 3 million “at risk” application servers running a vulnerable component that has been linked to ransomware infections. More than 1,600 of those systems have already been compromised, including many school libraries. Updated to add comment from Follett Corp. PFR 4/18/2016

Flaws in connected toys by Mattel and other manufacturers could leak personal information about children and families.

Update: Smart Toys Leak Info on Kids, Families

In-brief: research by the security firm Rapid7 has uncovered security flaws in new, interactive “smart toys” by Fisher Price and other toy makers that could divulge personal information related to children and their families. Editor’s note: this story was updated to include comments from Mark Stanislav of Rapid7. PFR Feb 2, 2016.

Opinion: If it Ain’t Broke, Try Harder

Opinion: If it Ain’t Broke, Try Harder

In-brief: Mike Tyson famously said of an opponent that ‘everyone has a plan until they get hit.’ That’s useful advice for information security teams worried about whether their existing network security plans will hold up to the onslaught of the Internet of Things, says Marc Blackmer of Cisco.