Distributed Denial of Service

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Internet Acting Weird Today? You're Not Alone

Outages on Twitter, other sites after DDOS attack

(Newser) - If you like to ease your way into the day by flipping on some Spotify tunes and checking out your Twitter feeds and favorite Reddit forums, Friday morning was probably pretty miserable. That's because those sites, and dozens of others, experienced annoying disruptions (or were down completely for some)... More »

Anonymous Messes With NYSE

Tech attack on stock exchange website lasts only a minute

(Newser) - Anonymous didn't exactly "erase" the New York Stock Exchange website yesterday—but the group may have messed with it, for about a minute. Anonymous called on its supporters to launch a "distributed denial of service" attack, which overwhelms website traffic. The NYSE website slowed before becoming unavailable... More »

Amazon Denies Hackers Behind Outages

Company's European sites taken offline for 30 minutes yesterday

(Newser) - Amazon says hardware problems, not attacks from pro-WikiLeaks hackers , caused its European sites to shut down on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. The company's British, French, German, Austrian, and Italian sites were down for about half an hour last night, the BBC reports. The "hacktivist"... More »

Ahmadinejad Foes Gang Up on Websites

'Hacktivists' overload president's blog, other government outlets

(Newser) - As protests continue on the streets of Tehran, hackers in and outside of Iran are mounting an assault on the establishment's main websites, reports ZDNet. The sites of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and several news agencies were crippled yesterday after activists flooded them with traffic. The campaign appears to... More »

Russian Hackers Attack Websites for a Fee

'Online mercenaries' target clients' business, political foes

(Newser) - Hackers across Russia are executing crippling attacks against enemy websites—and they work for hire, Der Spiegel reports. For only a few hundred dollars, clients can retain Russian hackers to disrupt business transactions by launching barrages of pernicious data into their enemies' systems. But a disturbing trend is evident in... More »

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