The Rise of Thingbots

The Internet can be a pretty scary place. Places like the dark web exist in the form of trading houses with stolen personal information from credit cards and social security numbers, to health records and full identities being obtained for a price. Malware development and deployment and other attack services such as DDoS and botnets can be rented by the hour. Recent reports indicate that DDoS attacks are increasing in both frequency and size, and the problem of botnets being used as attack networks or launch points in DDoS and other malicious activities is significant. Indications are that it will only continue to get worse.

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The “Easy Button” for Cyber-Attack Mitigation: Introducing Radware’s Attack Mitigation Service

Advancements are continually being made to defend organizations from cyber-attacks. I wanted to take some time to share some powerful reminders of how diligence in approach is needed.

Organizations that used to rely on their service provider’s DDoS protection service (in-the-cloud) found that the attacks that hit their business could and would bypass the provider’s protection layer.  This is because DDoS is a tactic, not the overall problem.  Attacks borne from the Internet are the problem and solutions designed to handle a simple tactic, wind up falling short.

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DDoS 2.0: Hackers Getting a Taste of their Own Medicine

Cybercrime and hacktivism are on the rise and commercial and governmental organizations are common attack targets.  But, based on recent evidence, an increasing number of cyber-attack targets are other attackers.  That’s right – attackers attacking other attackers.

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Les Assises 2014 Conference Takeaways, Building a Yellow Brick Road in France

Recently, I had the good fortune to be invited to present the keynote speech at the 2014 Les Assises Security Conference held in the beautiful city state of Monaco. Les Assises is the largest information-security gathering in France and year-in and year-out it proves to be not only a huge information sharing opportunity, but also a time of self-reflection and strategy affirmation for the thousands of security executives that attend.

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CVE 2014-3566 POODLE: A New Vulnerability

Radware’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) is reporting a new vulnerability published under CVE 2014-3566 named POODLE (Padding Oracle on Downgraded Legacy Encryption). This SSLv3 POODLE vulnerability can force a client to negotiate SSLv3 instead of TLS and then carry out BEAST (Browser Exploit Against SSL/TLS) attacks to obtain information from an encrypted stream.

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Tsunami SYN Flood Attack – A New Trend in DDoS Attacks?

Over the past week Radware’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) detected a new type of SYN flood which is believed to be specially designed to overcome most of today’s security defenses with a TCP-based volume attack. Within a 48-hour period two different targets in two different continents were targeted with this new technique and have experienced very high attack volumes.

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