October 22, 2016

US-Cert Warns of On-going Denial-of-Service Attacks by Anonymous

(LiveHacking.Com) – The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), the operational arm of the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has issued a warning about on-going distributed denial-of-service attacks against different government institutions both in the USA and in the EU. According to the reports, these attacks are being attributed to the hacker group Anonymous.

Recent attacks by the group include:

  • Several Polish government web sites, including those of the Prime Minister, the President and Parliament. A Polish branch of Anonymous has already claimed responsibility for the attacks.
  • The European parliament website came under cyber attack on Thursday.
  • The Irish Department for Justice website and the sites of several large financial institutions
  • Other targets in the last week have included Universal Music, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Recording Industry Association of America.
The attacks are motivate either by the recent shutdown of the Megaupload site or by the signing of the  international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to do the following to reduce the risk associated with this and other malware campaigns: