When Anonymous recently coordinated DDoS attacks against multiple websites, including the site for the U.S. Department...
By submitting your personal information, you agree that TechTarget and its partners may contact you regarding relevant content, products and special offers.
of Justice, the collective picked up some unwitting accomplices simply by getting them to click on an innocent-looking Web link, which triggered the Low Orbit Ion Cannon tool to attack designated targets. Is this likely to be a trend going forward, and is there an effective technology or other solution that can prevent users from being compromised in this way?
Ask the expert!
Do you have questions about enterprise information security threats for expert Nick Lewis? Send them via email today! (All questions are anonymous.)
Using Web links that seem innocent so that the installation of malware is triggered is a common tactic used to attack client computers. Anonymous used this tactic to advance one of its goals: the disruption of several websites.
In previous Ask the Expert editions, I've covered how to protect users from being compromised by Web-based malware, and the same steps can be taken to help prevent enterprise users from unknowingly running the Low Orbit Ion Cannon tool. To help users avoid knowingly using the Low Orbit Ion Cannon tool, enterprises can use a security awareness message to remind them that tools like this can be traced back to the systems involved in the attack. An enterprise can also monitor the network for traffic that matches the Low Orbit Ion Cannon, alert or block the specific traffic, and then remediate the systems involved. To completely prevent systems from participating in an outgoing attack using the Low Orbit Ion Cannon or similar tools, the outgoing connections on a network can be blocked, but this could also block legitimate connections.
Dig Deeper on Malware, Viruses, Trojans and Spyware
Related Q&A from Nick Lewis
An HTTPS session with a reused nonce is vulnerable to the Forbidden attack. Expert Nick Lewis explains how the attack works, and how to properly ...continue reading
The Irongate malware has been discovered to have similar functionality to Stuxnet. Expert Nick Lewis explains how enterprises can protect their ICS ...continue reading
APT groups have been continuously exploiting a flaw in Microsoft Office, despite it having been patched. Expert Nick Lewis explains how these attacks...continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.