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Anonymous affiliate group shuts down KKK website

In a continuation of its age old practices of denying web presences to those it deems unworthy of them, an affiliate group of the hacktivist movement, Anonymous, has taken down a website run by the Ku Klux Klan. The White Knights of the KKK site has yet to reappear, after …

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Google launches free DDOS prevention tool

Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) have become fairly common these days and are often thrown at outspoken news sites. However, Google wants to help protect against that and has released ‘Project Shield’ which is designed to prevent DDOS attacks from affecting your network by rerouting traffic through Google’s web infrastructure. …

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Xbox Live is back up after 15 hours of issues

Last night, Xbox Live began having a lot of issues with its core services, which spread through to things like app connectivity and games. During this time, people had trouble launching apps like YouTube, Netflix, Plex or catch up services, users also couldn’t access things like the store or go …

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Valve finally explains Steam’s Christmas day accident

It has taken a few days but Valve has finally explained exactly what went wrong with Steam on Christmas day, when a caching error allowed users to see someone else’s account while visiting the Steam store. This meant that information like a user’s address, phone number, and email address were …

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TalkTalk website hit with major data breach, receives ransom note

Telecoms operator TalkTalk has been hit by what has been described by police as a “significant”, attack on its website, resulting in the potential leaking of banking and personal data for some or all of the company’s four million customers around the UK. While police and online-crime divisions are investigating the …

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UK tech retailers suffering from a series of DDOS attacks

Over the last 24 hours it would seem that several prominent UK tech retailers have been targeted by DDOS attacks, which may also turn out to be linked to a group demanding large Bitcoin ransoms. Affected sites include Overclockers UK, Novatech, SCAN and Aria. All of these websites have been …

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Hola speaks out on recent botnet accusations

Last week, it was revealed that one of the most popular VPN extensions for Google Chrome, Hola, had been caught out selling its user’s bandwidth via a separate company in order to allow attackers to send DDOS attacks to other sites or services. At the time, it was 8Chan that …

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Lizard Squad member pleads guilty to 23 charges

One of Lizard Squad’s members, a 17 year old teen from Canada, has appeared in court and pleaded guilty to 23 charges relating to online abuse. He was charged with counts of extortion, criminal harassment and public mischief. Since the boy is only 17, he can’t be named publicly but …

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Github hit by multi-day DDOS attack

The collaborative programming site GitHub has been hit by a sustained denial of service attack over the weekend, with suggestions that China may be behind it. While not entirely clear, it’s thought that the reasoning may be to shut down projects designed to circumvent Chinese censorship tools. At last count …

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UK police have arrested second Lizard Squad member

The UK police have arrested a second member of online troll group, Lizard Squad, following the Christmas day DDOS attacks on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. An 18 year old was taken in to custody today after being linked directly to the attacks. The arrest was carried out by …

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Xbox Live and PSN back online following Christmas day attacks

Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network are back online following the Christmas period DDOS attacks which saw both services suffer from issues for a few days. The attack was carried out by Lizard Squad, a group of ‘hackers’ that threatened to take down Microsoft and Sony’s respective online services earlier this …

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North Korean internet returns after suspicious downtime

North Korea’s internet went down last night, only returning online in a limited capacity early this morning. While the NK authorities have yet to report on the downing, at least internationally, the story was picked up by US news sources fairly quickly, prompting some to suggest that it may have …

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PSN DDOS hackers tweet bomb threat for Sony president flight

John Smedley, the president of Sony Online Entertainment, recently tweeted that we was flying “back to SD”, so would be offline for three hours. However what happened over the next few was somewhat different than what you might expect. A hacking group that is also claiming responsibility for a recent …

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uTorrent version 3.4 speeds up downloading

uTorrent has been criticised a lot over the past couple of years, often for going from its very minimalist, simple client to a much more packed piece of software combining lots of new features. However, this latest update is likely to please even the most jaded of downloaders, as it …

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Australian Wikileaks site hit by DDOS

The Australian version of the Wikileaks Political Party site has been hit by a denial of service attack. It’s been down for just over 12 of hours and is still very difficult to access at the time of writing. It does appear after a while, but it’s not quick. Claiming …

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Kim Dotcom’s Mega hit by DDOS attack

Kim Dotcom’s file locker website, Mega.co.nz, was hit earlier this morning by a denial of service (DoS) attack and no one has yet to claim responsibility. Perhaps more surprisingly though, internet mogul Kim Dotcom, has yet to point the finger or even mention the attack on his oft-used Twitter account …

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