Recently, I wrote an article for Help Net Security to discuss the modus operandi of cybercriminals and how this can lead to different types of cyber attacks. While we have previously encountered huge distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that appear to come from nowhere and flood the victim’s network security, we have begun to see much more stealth and more sophisticated attacks causing just as much, if not more, damage.
During the past week we noticed an abnormal increase of brute force attacks targeting WordPress applications.
The attacks use automated scripts that attempt to login to WordPress default admin page using common usernames and passwords.
Last week, I attended eCrime Congress in Frankfurt, Germany. Held on January 30,Radware was one of the sponsors of the event, which featured a lecture track that ran throughout the day and included breaks for the sponsors’ pavilion.
Can You Stay Anonymous While Participating in a DDoS Attack?
Taking part in a Hacktivist group is completely different than being part of a Botnet. In a Botnet, case participants are unknowingly “recruited” to an attack. In the Hacktivist group, case members take part in attack activities on their own accord.
Just this past month, Anonymous hackers in London were jailed for a series of DDoS attacks on PayPal and other payment services such as Visa and MasterCard.
Today, we launched our 2012 Global Application and Network Security report. It was prepared by our security experts – the Emergency Response Team (ERT) – who’ve seen their fair share of cyber attacks while actively monitoring and mitigating attacks in real-time. In this year’s annual report, our experts have uncovered several new trends in cyber-security worthy of a closer look.
If you’ve been waiting, now’s the time to participate – the last week of Radware’s Attack Mitigation Black Belt Challenge begins today and ends this week. And what a challenge it is! More and more people are participating each week and the leader board has changed hands a number of times – with the standing after the Red Belt challenge resulting in a tie for first place!
Two more weeks left in the Attack Mitigation Black Belt Challenge and congratulations to all who have earned a green belt. As we head into the next round of progressively difficult questions, we have a fierce competition for the Champion. “Brewer” is giving “dh” a run for the money, with only one second separating these first and second place contenders. Check out the Leader Board for the rankings.
Knowledge Test Overview
Wow! The Attack Mitigation Black Belt Challenge is only two weeks old and already we have dueling leaders and intense competition.
People from all over the world are participating in Radware’s first Attack Mitigation Black Belt Challenge and only seven seconds separates the current leader, “dh”, from the fifth place position. It is apparent that some questions were stumbling blocks as we had two questions in the Yellow Belt round that only 10% of the participants could answer properly.
I want to thank everyone for a successful launch of the Attack Mitigation Black Belt Challenge! People from all over the world participated in the journey to begin the process of understanding where gaps in knowledge may be in “Availability Security” and where to focus future professional education efforts.