Adam Mudd has been sentenced to a two-year prison term after he pleaded guilty to developing and selling "Titanium Stresser," an on-demand DDoS attack tool tied to over 1.7 million attacks worldwide. Separately, Britain's high court ruled that Lauri Love can fight a U.S. extradition request.
Good news for Microsoft Windows users: The Equation Group exploit tools dumped this month by Shadow Brokers don't work against currently supported versions of Windows, largely thanks to patches Microsoft released in March. But who tipped off Microsoft?
The U.S. regulation that forbid ISPs from selling information about web activity without a customer's permission is gone. But it's still possible to maintain privacy on the Web even if prying eyes are watching.
Canadian authorities narrowly escaped a data breach by stopping an intrusion at the country's statistics agency. The cyberattack used a zero-day vulnerability in Apache Struts 2, which has now been patched.
The source code for the Mirai botnet has been updated to launch DDoS amplification/reflection attacks, although so far that capability hasn't been used, says Gary at Arbor Networks. Even so, DDoS defense planning remains essential.
Apache Struts 2 users are being warned to upgrade immediately, after attackers began targeting a zero-day flaw in the widely used, open source Java EE platform. Some attacks deactivate firewalls on vulnerable Linux systems and install DDoS or BillGates malware, amongst other malicious code.
When it comes to massive DDoS attacks powered by the likes of a Mirai botnet, "the sky is not falling," says ESET security researcher Cameron Camp. But organizations do need to prepare - and here's where to start.
New ransomware circulating via BitTorrent is disguised as software that purports to allow Mac users to crack popular Adobe and Microsoft applications. Separately, new ransomware calling itself Trump Locker appears to be the previously spotted VenusLocker ransomware in disguise.
At the request of German authorities, British police have arrested a suspected hacker involved in last year's disruption of 1 million Deutsche Telekom customers' routers via Mirai malware, which targets default credentials on internet-connected devices.
Threat intel feeds are one thing; actionable threat intelligence is quite another. Bryn Norton and Tom Major of Level 3 Communications discuss the unique value of the relevant data they analyze in-house and provide to clients.
Responding to disruptive data breaches, dealing with Mirai botnets, hacking back and the need for enterprises to segment their backup environments were just some of the topics dominating this year's RSA Conference in San Francisco.
Donald Trump's inauguration has led to a call for a mass online protest of questionable legality designed to "occupy" the White House website. Separately, Anonymous has threatened Trump with "regret" and promised to unearth compromising information.
Yet another power blackout in Ukraine was the result of attackers striking via spear-phishing emails and malware, researchers have confirmed. Ukraine's president blamed the campaign on Russia and said it disrupted a number of critical infrastructure targets.