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Record-Breaking High-Speed DDoS Attack Strikes Europe
2014-02-12 14:49:44

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Monday reached more than 400Gbps at its peak. This is about 33 percent greater than the Spamhaus attack last year, which was the previous DDoS record holder. This massive attack exploited key vulnerabilities in the infrastructure of the Internet and has been called the “start of ugly things to come.” Online security specialists Cloudfare said this attack was the biggest of its kind,...

2013-07-05 23:01:46

"The revelations of the last few weeks has concerned us,” Michael Maxstead, CEO of VPNReviewz said. Then continued, "so I thought that these awards would be the best way of letting our readers know exactly who is working in their best interests, and who isn’t…" Undisclosed Location, South America (PRWEB) July 05, 2013 “VPNReviewz has always maintained a policy of advocating of privacy, security, and anonymity, on the internet; it’s the basis of our business,”...

2013-05-24 23:04:05

Nexusguard takes a closer look at the Spamhaus incident and finds that the bandwidth flooding was the least of their problems. (PRWEB) May 24, 2013 In March, non-profit anti-spam organization Spamhaus was the victim of a DDoS attack, which grew to have more than 300 Gbps flood traffic sent to their servers. The attack was widely reported in international media as the largest attack in the history of the Internet. However, the real focus should not be the scale of the attack, but rather the...

Dutch Spamhaus DDoS Hacker Arrested
2013-04-27 06:10:57

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A 35-year-old Dutch man has been arrested in connection with what experts say could be the largest publicly announced cyberattack in the history of the Internet, various media outlets reported on Friday. According to Mike Corder of the Associated Press (AP), the man was taken into custody by the Netherlands National Prosecution Office at his home in Barcelona on Thursday. He was arrested in connection with a large-scale...

Three Divers Arrested In Egypt For Trying To Sever Internet Cable
2013-03-28 10:36:22

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As more of our digital lives move into the cloud, it´s easy to forget that what we know as the Internet is still quite dependent on physical objects, such as cables and servers. So while some hackers are focused on breaking into foreign networks using the Internet as a vehicle, three men decided to go straight to the source this week. Donning Scuba gear, three divers swam to the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea near the...

Ongoing War Over Largest Internet Attack In History Affecting Bandwidth
2013-03-27 14:12:49

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online There´s a war going on, and we´re all being affected by it, even if we can´t see what´s happening. It´s a classic tale of good versus evil. A London based spam-filtering group and a Dutch web-hosting firm have been duking it out for over a week, engaged in what´s been called the “biggest attack in history." As these two factions have it out, they´re also using up a sizable amount of the...

Spam Botnet Defeated
2012-07-19 14:52:50

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online You can put your children safely to bed tonight with an easy mind: Internet security experts last night were able to take down and defeat Grum, the world´s third-largest botnet. According to the researchers responsible for hunting down the botnet and delivering the final blow, Grum was so large, it was responsible for nearly 18% of the world´s spam, sending out 18 million spammy messages a day. FireEye – The...

2011-05-20 00:00:29

"¢ 107 million spam emails received by UK homes each day or over 1,000 every second "“ up 30% from 82 million in 2007 "¢ Spamdemic spreads to mobiles "“ 4 million unsolicited text messages received every day "“ up 300% from 1 million in 2007 "¢ Just 8 out of 10 (79%) broadbanders have a spam filter, potentially leaving nearly 4 million (21%) completely exposed to email spam attacks "¢ 1.6 million Brits (8%) deal with unsolicited emails incorrectly,...

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2011-01-06 10:15:00

Your e-mail trash folder may be looking a bit lean lately. Since August of last year, the overall volume of e-mail spam has steadily dropped and it was more pronounced at the end of 2010. The software security firm Symantec reports in its latest State of Spam Report & Phishing Report that there has been a huge reduction in output from the Rustock botnet, which was clearly the most dominant spam botnet in 2010. Since December 25, the Rustock botnet has basically disappeared as the amount...

2008-10-15 06:00:07

By Jon Swartz SAN FRANCISCO -- The world's largest spam e-mail operator has been silenced. Federal authorities say they've shut down HerbalKing, a global spam gang responsible for billions of spam messages promoting prescription drugs, "male-enhancement" pills and diet pills. On Tuesday, a federal court in Chicago, acting on a complaint from the Federal Trade Commission, ordered a halt to its operations, pending trial. A federal judge said HerbalKing engaged in spamming and deceptive...