CEO and co-founder Scott Heiferman had apparently received an email that attempted to extort $300 from him as a condition to stop the DDoS, which promptly commenced.
Though large scale DDoS are typically directed towards specific targets, some have speculated that the sheer scale of modern DDoS attacks could threaten core routers on the Internet.
A popular download management utility called Orbit Download has been found to incorporate denial of service capabilities, say researchers from security vendor ESET.
In our Internet-connected age, DDoS attacks are a perennial problem that regularly make it into the news. In an attempt to better understand this topic, we posed a number of questions to Dan Holden, director of security research for Arbor Networks.
The large-scale distributed denial of service attacks that were conducted against Spamhaus saw it flooded it with 300Gbps of traffic, according to content delivery firm CloudFlare.
Google's Gmail was down for some 40 minutes on Monday. Rumors hinted at first at a Denial of Service attack, fueled in part by Google's initial silence on the matter. However, updates that were provided by the company later showed it as an outage caused by a server misconfiguration.
Distributed denial-of-service attacks are becoming more common, and have almost doubled in frequency and more than tripled in size, says DDoS protection and mitigation firm Prolexic.
Websites hosted on hosting provider GoDaddy went down for several hours on Monday, and a hacker who claims to be a supporter of the Anonymous group has claimed responsibility for it.
AT&T was hit by a distributed denial-of-service attack yesterday, which caused a disruption for some of the company's customers on its managed services DNS product.
SCOTUSblog, the preeminent blog covering the U.S. Supreme Court, gets about 30,000 visitors on a typical day, but after the high court released its ruling on the Affordable Care Act last week, the blog brought in 5.35 million visitors, reports Network World 's Brandon Butler.