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The Mirai botnet launched a record 620 Gpbs attack against Dyn last October, but according to new research the DNS provider may not have been the intended target.
A team of researchers from Google, Cloudflare, Merit Networks, Akamai, and several universities released a report at the Usenix conference last week which analyzed the Mirai botnet and found that the attacker was likely targeting gaming infrastructure, including the PlayStation network, but incidentally disrupted service to Dyn’s broader customer base.
Report: Mirai Remains Threat as Hackers Repurpose Botnets
“Although the first several attacks in this period solely targeted Dyn’s DNS infrastructure, later attack commands simultaneously targeted Dyn and PlayStation infrastructure, potentially providing clues towards attacker motivation,” the researchers said. “Interestingly, the targeted Dyn and PlayStation IPs are all linked to PlayStation name servers— the domain names ns.playstation.net resolve to IPs with reverse DNS records pointing to ns.p05.dynect.net, and the domain names ns.playstation.net resolve to the targeted PlayStation infrastructure IPs.”
“The attacks on Dyn were interspersed amongst other attacks targeting Xbox Live, Microsoft DNS infrastructure, PlayStation, Nuclear Fallout game hosting servers, and other cloud servers. These non-Dyn attacks are either ACK/GRE IP floods, or VSE, which suggests that the targets were

 

As part of an effort to bolster its security services Cisco announced today a plan to acquire OpenDNS, a provider of a cloud service that enables IT organizations to rely more on external DNS servers to better secure their data center environments.

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Domain registrar and hosting company eNom’s CEO Taryn Naidu emailed customers last week to inform them of a recent DNS attack where a group of hackers known for targeting large Internet infrastructure companies hijacked the DNS traffic of four domains.

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This week, a government committee convened to discuss the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which, in light of some examples of some questionable behavior, is seeming in need of reforms before it should be entrusted with new responsibilities around the DNS root zone, IP addressing and protocol parameters.

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Google is killing its website optimization service PageSpeed and is warning users to change their DNS before August 3, when the tools will be discontinued.

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New York-based startup NSONE, which provides a cloud-first DNS traffic management platform, has raised $5.35 million in Series A funding, the company announced Tuesday.

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An internal DNS error is to blame for a major outage affecting users of several Apple services including iTunes and the App Store on Wednesday.

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An internal DNS error is to blame for a major outage affecting users of several Apple services including iTunes and the App Store on Wednesday.

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Domain registrar eNom has resolved its DNS outage on Monday morning that affected about one-third of its customer base. The company continues to investigate the issue.

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Cloud performance analysis company CloudHarmony has published a breakdown showing that for CDN and DNS services, the standard is now 100 percent uptime, while for other services, brief interruptions remain common.

The post Many DNS and CDN Services Attain Near Perfect Uptime: CloudHarmony Report appeared first on Web Hosting Talk.

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