The attack, unleashed by a 400,000-strong Mirai-style botnet, may be the largest of its kind on record. A botnet made up of 402,000 enslaved Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices has staged a 13-day distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack against an undisclosed streaming service, according to a blog post by cybersecurity firm Imperva. The company said it successfully counteracted the onslaught and the … More Streaming service withstands 13‑day DDoS siege
A reflection on how acknowledging the cumulative nature of cyber-threats and understanding its implications can benefit our digital security. Threat cumulativity is a term I began to use in 2018 to refer to the tendency of new technologies to spawn new threats that add to old threats without displacing them. In this article I give … More What is threat cumulativity and what does it mean for digital security?
Regardless of how intensively the topic of ransomware is currently trending, it is not the most dangerous form of malware. Recently, the much-reported WannaCry ransomware took media by storm, however, it received considerably more coverage than it did harm, and it overshadowed other internet threats. More dangerous than ransomware is a malware capable of taking … More Botnets overshadowed by ransomware (in media)
The Internet of Things (IoT) has been referred to by so many different names in the past year. The Internet of Terror, the Internet of Trash and a few other catchy monikers to account for the large amount of vulnerabilities present in new devices that are increasingly present in many homes. Things like smart thermostats, … More The Hive Mind: When IoT devices go rogue