Google Takes Action against DOS Attacks

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Today we have some security updates from Google’s side. If we remember correctly Liberia had a nasty surprise yesterday. They woke up without Internet. Having a small population the situation wasn’t that hazardous but the potential of the Mirai botnet is still a problem. The attackers weren’t found and we don’t know who is going to be next and when it’s going to happen.

 

DDoS attack from Mirai malware ‘killing business’ in Liberia

The DDoS attacks come from the same malware responsible for last month’s disruptions in the US

The malware behind last month’s massive internet disruption in the U.S. is targeting Liberia with financially devastating results.

This week, a botnet powered by the Mirai malware has been launching distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on IP addresses in the African country, according to security researchers.

“The DDoS is killing our business,” he said over the phone. “We have a challenge with the DDoS. We are hoping someone can stop it.”

The employee declined to have his name published because he was not authorized to speak for his company. The attacks began a few days ago, he said, but not all Liberian internet providers were affected. Read more…

 

The population of US was also targeted last month before the Liberia incident but because the conditions were unfavorable for a serious threat and the damage was minimum the case went unnoticed. But after Liberia’s unfortunate events, Google released a new Chrome update that can stop a DOS attack.

 

Google Releases Security Updates for Chrome

Google has released Chrome version 54.0.2840.87 for Windows and Mac, and version 54.0.2840.90 for Linux. These new versions address a vulnerability that, if exploited, may allow an attacker to create a denial-of-service condition.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Chrome Releases(link is external) page and apply the necessary updates.

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There still remains questions like “Who was behind the attack?”; “Why they did it?”; “It’s going to happen again? If the answer is yes…when? and who is going to be next?”

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