The Most Significant Cyber Attacks of 2013

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New York Times Attack: The modern-day “cyber ball-bearing plant” attack. In August, the New York Times' website was taken offline for almost two hours as its domain was redirected to Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) servers. The culprits were hackers aligned with Syrian President Bashar Assad, who mainly target political opposition groups and western websites, including news organizations and human rights groups. SEA spear-phished attacks on Melbourne IT, the New York Times' DNS registrar, and redirected the domain to its servers.

2013 was the most historic year ever for cyber attacks. The industry saw several mega attacks that included sophisticated DDoS attack methods.

All too many times this year has the industry heard the name “Anonymous,” a dispersed international network of hackers associated with highly publicized DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks, largely as a result of political disagreements. These broadcasted breaches typically had the name “operation” attached, including “Operation North Korea,” a series of attacks associated with North Korea’s nuclear testing crisis, and “Operation Egypt,” occurring as a result of governmental unrest in the country.

Another trend that started in 2012 but gained increasing popularity this year was the use of DDoS attacks to divert the attention of the IT department from application security, and then utilize the diversion to leak information or steal money. For instance, in October, a number of Bitcoin wallet services were attacked in this method, which resulted in millions of dollars being stolen and illegally transferred.

Additionally, the industry saw a new trend of attacks happening on the ISP infrastructure, specifically on DNS service providers.

Given the mega trends in cyber attacks in 2013, Radware takes a look back and identifies this year’s four most notable attacks and what made them so significant.


Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

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