September 26, 2022
David Redekop

This Week In Nerd News – September 26, 2022

TWINN #91 Record Setting DDoSes keep coming

TWINN 91 Record Setting DDoSes keep coming

As the internet grows, so does the attack surface. Innovation isn’t limited to the good guys who look for ways to improve and increase commerce. Cyber criminals also innovate continuously as we learn to defend more effectively. One key area of advancement is in the area of amplification of attacks. We’ll talk about botnets some more today, but an attacker group who has levers at their beck and call to trigger an attack, they are in a position to constantly optimize their resiliency so they don’t lose remote access to their botnet. At the same time, they keep looking and finding ways to carry out ever bigger denials of service:

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The record-setting DDoSes keep coming, with no end in sight.

We see that the arms race continues as the defenders certainly won’t sit idly by.

The record-vying distributed denial-of-service attacks keep coming, with two mitigation services reporting they encountered some of the biggest data bombardments ever by threat actors whose tactics and techniques are constantly evolving.

 

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In the same vein, Microsoft Learns a Lesson From Cybercrime Sting.

Even globally-co-ordinated takedowns are notoriously difficult to execute because simultaneous co-operation is required from such a variety of stakeholders.

After 2020 election effort, Microsoft shifts focus

Having failed to completely demolish a massive cybercriminal network that was poised to disrupt US election technology two years ago, Microsoft Corp. is looking to apply lessons from the experience to help fend off future attacks.

 

Read More: Microsoft Learns a Lesson From Cybercrime Sting

 

In a separate note, Microsoft Issues Out-of-Band Patch for Flaw.

This flaw allowed an attacker to move laterally in a network.

Microsoft this week released an out-of-band security update for its Endpoint Configuration Manager solution to patch a vulnerability that could be useful to malicious actors for moving around in a targeted organization’s network.

 

Read More: Microsoft Issues Out-of-Band Patch for Flaw Allowing Lateral Movement, Ransomware Attacks

 

Google Blocked By Anti-Virus

As we keep fighting cybercrime, it’s not surprising that Antivirus Used by Millions Blocked All Google Sites by Mistake, Sowing Chaos. In fact, if you simply take an AI and ask where the most malware is, it most likely would point to search engines, so this one is completely understandable.

Windows users of Malwarebytes antivirus software had trouble browsing the web on Wednesday morning because of a mistake.

 

Read More: Antivirus Used by Millions Blocked All Google Sites by Mistake, Sowing Chaos

 

Unfortunately, Starlink is getting a lot slower as more people use it, speed tests show.

We can confirm this experience also in our own monitoring, but Starlink is growing their satellite network to respond to the increased needs.

Starlink’s median download speeds in the US dropped from 90.6Mbps to 62.5Mbps between the first and second quarters of 2022, according to Ookla speed tests. Starlink’s median upload speeds in the US dropped from 9.3Mbps to 7.2Mbps in the same timeframe.

 

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