1 Yottabyte DDoS Attack – The Biggest DDoS Attack in History!

No, a yottabyte DDoS attack has not happened. Someday we will have a yottabyte DDoS, just not today. Tomorrow we will have another press release on “the largest DDoS attack ever.” Will that be important? No, bragging about the size of DDoS Attacks is a distraction to the realities of the Internet and the real Read More

History of Denial of Services (DoS) Attacks

Version 0.1 Denial of Service (DoS) Attacks, Incidents, and Events have been with the Internet community since the early days of the ARPANET. They happened on all the early, public networks (FidoNet, BBS networks, BITNET, etc) and were part of the “mainframe” timeshare culture (where people locked each other out of terminals to get more

US Warns Ransomware Threats during Holidays – Whoops! Too Late

If you are reading about potential ransomware threats during the holidays, just know it is too late. By the time you get a call waking you up on a labor day holiday break, it would be too late to stop the ransomware threat. People forget that ransomware is the monetization network break-in. The THREAT is Read More

BGP Security Workshop – Safeguarding the Internet’s Glue

BGP and DNS are the two critical protocols that glue the entire global network (the Internet). Without them, the Internet falls apart. The security, resiliency, and integrity Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) holds up the routing of packets end-to-end across the Internet. Threats to BGP systems are life-threatening, disrupting critical infrastructure people depend on for their

Executive Security Leadership – It is Not Hard!

Security Leadership is not hard. CxOs stress over the security threats to their business. A lot of that stress is generated by the press. Common sense Executive practices and leadership principles have guided organizations through extreme security-related business pressures. What guides the organization is obvious, clear the path for the team, trust the team, pull

Open SMTP (Email) Servers on Your Network

Do you know if you have open SMTP servers on your network? In May, Qualys released 21 vulnerabilities to Exim (see Qualys Security Advisory 21Nails: Multiple vulnerabilities in Exim). Exim is a popular Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) available on Unix operating systems and comes pre-installed on Linux distributions. The easy access and wide SMTP/Exim MTAs use Read More

Meaningful Security Conversations with your Vendors: Can vendors ever provide secure solutions?

It is critical to have meaningful security conversations with your vendors. Operators depend on their vendors to supply products and solutions that are secure. As all operators have experienced, “secure products” is almost always a vendor afterthought. This leads to an operational risk that in some cases turns deadly. In this session, we will explore

Protecting your Domain Names: Taking the First Steps

Protecting your domain names is often overlooked, ignored, and neglected. Everyone and everything on the Internet depends on the Domain Name System (DNS) being functional. The DNS has been a common vector for attacks in recent years. Attacking DNS will continue in the future. The 2019 DNSpionage Campaign and Sea Turtle attacks were wake calls

DNS is Under Attack – the Miscreant’s Offensive Playbook with a Defensive Counter

Our DNS is Under Attack is not something anyone wants to hear. DNS’s critical role known to the miscreants, DDoS Extortionist, DDoS Attackers, and other threat attackers. Taking out DNS is easier than trying to take down a website. Smart miscreants have a playbook of offensive DNS attack techniques that they can use against any

Realities of Today’s DDoS Security Risk

 Focusing on the lessons from the 2020 – 2021 DDoS Extortion Campaigns DDoS Extortion will not go away. It is a cyclical International crime that can only be stopped with the DDoS Extortionist are arrested. In 2020, organizations woke up to a new wave of DDoS Extortion activities. These attacks caught organizations with the DDoS