Who could forget #censusfail last year? After a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack and concerns over potential loss of data during the 2016 Census, the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Census site was shut down for days. Once it was eventually restored on 11 August 2016, it was successfully used by millions of Australians to submit their census data.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) suffered a humiliating failure of its systems last August, which was largely attributed to its inability to manage security and operational risk of a key business system.
The timing and targets in a recent wave of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks has some security experts pointing the finger at North Korea. After all, the attacks coincided with the rogue state's firing of missiles during the July 4 Independence Day Weekend and the U.S. and South Korea were the countries in the cyber crosshairs.
For over a year now, F5 Labs and our data partner, Loryka, have been monitoring the ongoing hunt by attackers to find vulnerable IoT devices they can compromise. In our first report, DDoS’s Newest Minions: IoT Devices, our research proved what many security experts had long suspected: IoT devices were highly vulnerable to exploit, the level of interest in exploiting them was high, and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks using these devices were already occurring. Our findings and conclusions in Volume 11 rang true, and the new numbers show even steeper growth than we had imagined.