The European Commission was attacked around 3pm on November 24th by a DDoS. Both the EU’s main website and the network gateways were targeted in the attack making it difficult for staff to work.
The EC pointed out that nothing was breached and no data was stolen. The Commission’s security team were fighting off another wave of attacks later that evening, SC Magazine reports.
Little is publicly known about the source of the attack.
Over the past week, internet hosting company, OVH has suffered a massive DDoS attack with peaks of over 1Tb/s of traffic. This is the biggest DDoS attack known to date.
The founder and CTO of OVH tweeted: This botnet with 145607 cameras/dvr (1-30Mbps per IP) is able to send >1.5Tbps DDoS. Type: tcp/ack, tcp/ack+psh, tcp/syn,” and “last days, we got lot of huge DDoS. Here, the list of ‘bigger that 100Gbps’ only. You can see the simultaneous DDoS are close to 1Tbps!”.
KrebsonSecurity also suffered a huge attack of between 620 and 665 Gbps last week.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics suffered four attacks during the week in the process of her five-yearly census. The census website was taken offline overnight on Tuesday.
The Bureau in a statement on their website mentioned that they took an abundance of caution by closing down the online Census form to protect data already submitted and the system from further incidents and minimize disruption on the Australian public of an unreliable service. They also confirmed that the disruption was not a hack and no data was compromised.
The attack is suspected to be launched from overseas and the site will be restored as soon as the necessary defenses are effected.
DDoS protection firm Staminus has been breached and shamed by hackers, who released a mocking “Tips When Running a Security Company” list along with a data dump of Staminus customer information, including that for sites belonging to the Ku Klux Klan.
A crew going by the name of FTA took responsibility. The motivation was to bring to light one of Staminus’ key customers: The KKK.
“Yes, that’s right, Staminus was hosting the KKK and its affiliates,” it said. “An organization legally recognized in some regions as a terrorist collective. Not that we hold anything against the KKK. Choosing such an awful host as Staminus however is unforgiveable [sic], and consequently they had to be punished.” Continue reading
The hacktivist group Anonymous have claimed responsibility for a DDoS attack which took down the website of Narita International Airport, near Tokyo.
IB Times reported that the website went offline for several hours on 22 and 23 January and although flights operated normally passengers were unable to access information on the site.
A Twitter account linked to Anonymous revealed the attack was carried out as part of a revenge protest following the detainment of Ric O’Barry, a leading animal rights activist, on 18 January. O’Barry was refused entry into Japan by immigration authorities after he was accused of planning to support a campaign against the slaughter of dolphins. Continue reading