Month: March 2016

DDoS – Motivations for the Madness, Part 2

March 28, 2016

Track: General Security

Author: Stephen Gates, Chief Research Intelligence Analyst, NSFOCUS

DDoS motivationsIn an earlier blog post I described some of the threat actors and the motivations that often fuel DDoS attacks.

Continuing with this theme, another prominent motivation reared its ugly head in the late 2000s.  Cyber hacktivism, as it is called today, is still one of the most observed motivations for DDoS attacks.  People who claim to have a substantiated reason for launching attacks, based upon their personal, social, moral, or political agenda, launch attacks daily against a host of helpless victims.  The reasons behind the attacks can be based on just about anything that someone doesn’t like.  One recent example was an attack on Nissan from a group protesting Japan’s stance and policies with respect to Marine life. (more…)

DDoS – Motivations for the Madness, Part 1

March 21, 2016

Track: General Security

Author: Stephen Gates, Chief Research Intelligence Analyst, NSFOCUS

DDoS motivationsMost people know that launching a DDoS attack is illegal in just about every country in the world. However, breaking the law or the penalties that go along with it, have not slowed the growth or frequency of DDoS attacks.  Most companies who track DDoS attacks globally, all report the problem is growing, day-by-day. Just about every organization connected to the Internet is concerned about this cyber attack vector, and the motivations for these attacks vary widely.  (more…)

NSFOCUS Appoints Morton Frey VP Customer Success

March 15, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – March 15, 2016 – NSFOCUS IB today announced that Morton Frey, who has built an impressive track record combining hands-on field experience with effective customer interaction to swiftly resolve key issues, has been appointed the new VP of Customer Success. He brings more than 16 years of senior-level experience in the …read more

Despite precautions, DDoS attacks becoming more dire, damaging

March 14, 2016

Third Certainty The daily rounds of DDoS assaults launched by ideologues and extortionists continue to rise in magnitude, while sucking up vast amounts of the Internet’s bandwidth. This is continuing even as companies and organizations are spending millions to defend against such attacks. Steve Gates, our Chief Research Analyst said business owners considering anti-DDoS technology …read more

Slew of dangerous Adobe Flash flaws patched

March 11, 2016

IT NEWS Adobe has issued patches for 21 serious flaws in its Flash Player software to address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow attackers to take control of victim’s systems. Researchers from multi companies including NSFOCUS, also discovered a heap underflow vulnerability in Adobe Flash and eight memory corruption bugs – all of which allow …read more

11 Security Solutions for Small Business

March 11, 2016

The Business News Daily Cybersecurity is a must for any business with a presence online. Whether you have a website, online accounts or any type of Web-based infrastructure, you are at risk for a cyberattack. The article summed up 11 small-business-friendly cybersecurity solutions, which included DDoS mitigation solution provided by NSFOCUS. To read the full …read more

Adobe Flash Player 21.0.0.182 Released to Fix Security Bug Used in Live Attacks

March 10, 2016

Softpedia Adobe’s Flash Player update has been late this time around, but it’s here now, and users have a good reason to upgrade since one of the 18 security holes plugged during this month’s release is an issue used in real-world malware attacks. Most of these bugs were reported by security researchers working in security …read more

DDoS Attacks and the Cloud: How the Hybrid Approach Answers Emerging Concerns

March 9, 2016

Track:  Technical

Author: Ivan Tirado, Principal Sales Engineer, NSFOCUS

Cloud DDoSPure play cloud DDoS mitigation services have seen explosive growth. The market has grown from small outfits protecting online gambling operations, to what is now an accepted approach at large banks and global enterprises in all verticals.

However, as the customer population expands, the set of needs diversifies. Many of these new customers have not experienced a true DDoS attack. (more…)

The Price of Popularity: WordPress Security Woes

March 9, 2016

CMS Wire WordPress is everywhere. According to the latest estimates, 25 percent of all websites around the globe are run on the content management system, which is also one of the most hacked platforms. WordPress sites can be attacked through many kinds of vulnerabilities. The article pinged a number of security experts on the topic …read more

Reactions to the KeRanger ransomware for Macs

March 8, 2016

Help Net Security  Security researchers have discovered the first fully functional aimed at Mac users. The malware, dubbed KeRanger has been found bundled into the Mac version of the open source Transmission BitTorrent client, and made available for download on the Transmission developers’ official website. Vann Abernethy, our CTO pointed out that these types of …read more