"Hackers are using existing botnets to create new ones: running automated scripts from compromised servers to add more hijacked machines to their 'flock'."
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"More than 55 per cent of all attacks originated from China and US."
"Security company Incapsula said it had detected and blocked more than 217,000 exploit attempts."
"Researchers at Incapsula, said that just in the previous 24-hour period, they had witnessed 17,400 attacks."
"This trend is likely to continue for two main reasons: First, anyone can access ‘DDoS-as-service’ solutions today and generate mid-sized attacks for a less than $50. Second, the coverage of attacks is instantaneous and widespread."
"The bots access hundreds of thousands of websites, sending out requests with synthetically generated “referrer” headers, and each of these headers contains the website URL the perpetrators are trying to give an SEO boost."
"One can encrypt individual files with programs like the open-source PGP, that way, even if an account is still somehow compromised, your racy photos are not."
"A group calling itself "Lizard Squad" took responsibility for the attack via Twitter and said it had planted the ISIS flag on Sony's servers."