Wikileaks DDoS Arrests, Microsoft Set To Fix Three Vulnerabilities That Allow DDoS Attacks

A 16-year-old boy suspected of being involved in the attacks on the MasterCard and PayPal sites was arrested yesterday in Holland. At the same time there are threats of DDoS attacks pushing online shopping into meltdown.

This isn’t just one-upmanship between hacktivists supporting Wikileaks and self proclaimed ‘patriotic’ hackers – the collateral damage of this cyberwar could see a number of hackivists behind bars. Whether it is the fact that they are preventing the availability of a public domain or using a collection of machines without the permission of the owners, there is no getting away from the fact that DDoS attacks are illegal.

DDoS attacks will not go away any time soon. There are armies of botnets ready to be activated at any given moment. A significant clean up effort of computers will be required to get a grip of this situation. Botnets are only created through machines that have left themselves vulnerable. To reduce the number of botnets created in the future, organisations and consumers must ensure that all holes within their systems are closed, preventing hackers from taking control in the first place.

Microsoft is set to issue 17 bulletins on Tuesday, three of which close vulnerabilities that enable hackers to launch DDoS attacks. It is important that computer users ensure that they shut the open doors to their computer systems, before more bonnets are created.

Alan Bentley is Senior Vice President of International Sales at Lumension Security. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing and driving sales and marketing efforts in Asia Pacific and EMEA. An industry veteran with over 10 years experience in the IT security industry, Alan is responsible for leading teams in EMEA and APAC and elevating brand awareness, thought leadership and increasing market penetration to drive growth in the respective markets. Prior to Lumension, Alan held executive management roles in security organisations based across the UK including Global Secure Systems and Ellipse Distribution. Prior to entering the security industry, Alan held sales roles for MAN Roland, a German based company in the printing industry and Hanson, a UK company in the construction industry. Alan holds a degree from Brunel University with a BA (Hons) in European Business Studies. He also completed his PGCE at Roehampton Institute.