ShellShock, the remote code execution bug (CVE-2014-6271) affecting GNU Bash, the command interpreter present on many Unix systems and Linux distributions, is still being exploited by attackers.
Akamai has observed the use of a new reflection and amplification DDoS attack that deliberately misuses communications protocols that come enabled on millions of home and office devices, including routers, media servers, web cams, smart TVs and printers.
Arbor Networks released global DDoS attack data for Q3 2014 showing a remarkable increase in Simple Service Discovery Protocol (SSDP) reflection attacks.
Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have in the past been viewed mostly as a tool of online protest due to Anonymous' obvious predilection for this service disruption technique, but have long stopped being just that.
In the second quarter of 2014, Akamai observed attack traffic originating from 161 unique countries/regions, which was 33 fewer than the first quarter of the year.
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