Wikipedia Suffers a Major DDoS Attack
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Wikipedia Suffers a Major DDoS Attack

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Wikipedia has suffered a major DDoS attack. The attack took place during the weekend. According to Wikipedia’s official statement released on September 7, "Wikipedia was hit with a malicious attack that has taken it offline in several countries for intermittent periods".




Users in Europe and Middle East Affected

In Europe, users in the UK, Frankrig, Germany and Italy were unable to access the website for several hours before it was restored.

"As one of the world’s most popular sites, Wikipedia sometimes attracts “bad faith” actors", the statement also sagde. The good news is that the Wikimedia communities and Wikimedia Foundation have created “dedicated systems and staff to regularly monitor and address risks".

Takedown attacks threaten everyone’s fundamental rights to freely access and share information. We in the Wikimedia movement and Foundation are committed to protecting these rights for everyone.

DDoS Attacks No Longer Require Technical Skikks

Sidste år, Webstresser.org, the largest DDoS-for-hire service was taken down thanks to a coordinated international operation. The DDoS provider was shut down after a thorough investigation carried out by UK’s National Crime Agency and the Dutch National Police and the Dutch National Police.

Ifølge Europols statistik, Webstresser.org’s servers were seized in the Netherlands, USA og Tyskland. Således, den 136,000 registered users lost access to the service which enabled DDoS operations for people with close-to-none technical knowledge or experience. Prisen for tjenesten var ganske overkommelige - bare $14.99 pr angreb.

I fortiden, DDoS-angreb, der anvendes til at kræve tekniske færdigheder, men med sådanne tjenester ved hånden, der er ikke længere tilfældet. Takket være disse tjenester, uprofessionel angribere kan fjernstyre tilsluttede enheder til at lede en stor mængde trafik på en hjemmeside eller platform de ønsker at målrette. It seems that Wikipedia was the latest victim of such attackers. Bank of Spain og GitHub have also been hit by DDoS attacks.

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Milena Dimitrova

En inspireret forfatter og indhold leder, der har været med SensorsTechForum for 4 år. Nyder ’Mr. Robot’og frygt’1984’. Fokuseret på brugernes privatliv og malware udvikling, hun tror stærkt på en verden, hvor cybersikkerhed spiller en central rolle. Hvis almindelig sund fornuft giver ingen mening, hun vil være der til at tage noter. Disse noter senere kan blive til artikler!

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