Quite possibly, the largest raw packet bandwidth attack in history slams a site for nine hours, but the site under attack stays afloat.
Unbeknownst to many people in the world, late last week one of the largest attacks in the history of the Internet was taking place—a massive nine-hour barrage that leveled an unrelenting 100 Gigabits of traffic at its peak.
A British schoolboy has been arrested over the “world's biggest cyber attack” as part of an international swoop against a suspected organised crime gang.
The 16-year-old was detained by detectives at his home in south-west London after “significant sums of money” were found to be “flowing through his bank account”.
He was also logged on to what officials say were “various virtual systems and forums” and had his computers and mobiles seized as officers worked through the night to secure potential evidence.
The Anonymous hacktivist group has threatened to post New Zealand MPs’ secrets online after the country’s parliament passed an NSA-style spying bill. It follows a hack by the group against the NZ government that took out the Kiwi secret services’ website.
China's Internet on early Sunday morning suffered a major distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that briefly disrupted and slowed access to sites in the .cn domain.
The DDoS attack was the largest in history against the domain servers for China's .cn ccTLD (country code top level domain), according to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), which administers the domain.
The Government Communications Security Bureau website was attacked by hackers earlier today.
A spokesman for the organisation said although the attack did not shut down the website, it slowed the website's gateway for about 30 minutes.
"... There is an indication there could have been some temporary degradation of service."
DDoS attacks are an increasingly popular method for criminals to divert bank security staff attention while defrauding bank systems.
Until recently, most illegal money transfers were accomplished via account takeover of either customer or employee accounts when the fraudsters moved money from customer accounts to their mules and eventually their own accounts.
JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Citigroup (C) both said they suffered system issues on Thursday as a group of cyber criminals was said to launch a new round of attacks against U.S. banks.
JP Morgan Chase's consumer website was hit with intermittent accessibility issues on Thursday that stopped some customers from accessing the page.
Millions of people across Europe have faced disrupted communications in dozens of major outages, with many incidents affecting access to the 112 emergency phone service, the EU's cyber security agency has warned.
ENISA, the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security, said countries had reported 79 major outage incidents during 2012, almost 40 per cent of which had affected the possibility of dialling 112.