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Vulnerable DDoS Threats Takes on Toll

In an announcement made by the computer security company, Kaspersky Labs distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) were claimed to be used increasingly for protesting against both the governments and major corporations, reports CBR TV on August 30, 2011.

In the Q2 2011 report revealed by the security network services of Kaspersky, 89% of DDoS traffic was generated in 23 countries, among which almost every second machine or 48% of the attack in Indonesia was subjected due to a local malware infection attempt.

This increased flow of blocked attempts of local infection was mainly due to the huge number of infected machines comprising this vulnerable antivirus software facilitating the spread of malware.

Indonesia and the US scored topmost positions, each accounting for 5% of all DDoS traffic. However, the leading position of the US is particularly due to the existence of large number of computers existing in the country, which is reason enough to entice the botmasters.

The security company also identified LulzSec and Anonymous as the most active hacker group in the Q2 2011 report. These groups organizes DDoS attacks on the government sites of countries including Iran, the US, Spain, the UK, Turkey, and many other countries.

The hackers diligently managed to frame well-secured sites including the US intelligence service CIA and the British national police Soca. This signifies not only a mere protest but also hints towards the strength of this group. During the quarter itself, more than 30 members of Anonymous were arrested though more arrest is anticipated soon.

Even the online shopping sites including e-stores, auctions, and buy and sell message boards,
are highly tentative to be attacked by this cybercriminals.

Kaspersky also commented that malware circulation is targeted highly for weekdays, as Internet is actively used mostly on these days. And it is on these days that web resources are highly in demand and DDoS attacks are likely to inflict the maximum damage on websites on weekdays.

Kaspersky Lab Global Research and Analysis Team Senior malware Analyst Yury Namestnikov also claimed that hardly do the organizations publicise the fact about being targeted by DDoS attacks as it would hamper their reputation, as reported by CBR TV on August 30, 2011.

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