During the last week of July, a series of steadily escalating cyber attacks directed at my Web site and hosting provider prevented many readers from being able to reach the site or read the content via RSS. Sorry about that. What follows is a post-mortem on those digital sieges, which featured a mix of new and old-but-effective attack methods.
Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) has developed a national cyber-attack alert system that can render network attacks as visible in realtime. The system, announced earlier this month and showcased at Interop Tokyo 2012, is called Daedalus, standing for Direct Alert Environment for Darknet and Livenet Unified Security. The system views computers for any suspicious activity and if it spots an attack it can visualize its progression as it moves through the network. It sees how data flows through the network and looks for inconsistencies.
The political group D66 wants to provide internet users the right to apply a DDOS against any website that they wish.
They attackers only have to tell when they are going to start their DDOS attack.
According to the D66 party a DDOS attack is nothing more than activists that are protesting on a square.
Kees Verhoeven campaign leader of the D66 party believes that in the future online demonstrations will only increase and that the current laws on demonstration are only focussed on the "phyisical" aspect of demonstrating.
WikiLeaks and BitTorrent file-sharing site Pirate Bay were hit by a series of DDoS attacks during last weeks.
An alleged hacker with the Twitter account @AnonNyre has taken credit for the attacks claiming to be member of Anonymous.The hacker also said that he is no more part of the collective.
We are actively engaged in actions against the Chicago Police Deptartment , and encourage anyone to take up the cause,” the group said. “We are in your harbor Chicago, and you will not forget us.”
The group explains the attack is in response to the NATO Summit being held in Chicago. The summit officially opens this afternoon and runs through Monday.
About a week ago we first learned of a Russian company called Pirate Pay. This little startup that had its beginning as a traffic routing system for ISPs had come up with a very interesting way to protect movies from being downloaded by BitTorrent users.
They would literally attack the torrent swarms with poisoned clients and generate what amounts to a DDoS (Distributed Denial or Service). At the time we discussed the implications of this type of protection as well as the legality of it.