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Gotham Security Daily Threat Alerts

by on August 27, 2014

August 25, Softpedia – (International) 263.35 Gbps of traffic aimed at one Sony server during DDoS attack. Users of Sony’s PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment services experienced issues and were unable to sign in August 24 after the services were hit by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that was claimed by the attacker to peak at 263.35 Gbps. A separate group attempted to take credit for the attack and tweeted a bomb scare regarding a Dallas-to-San Diego flight that was carrying a Sony executive. Source:

August 25, Softpedia – (International) FlashPack exploit kit shared through social media buttons add-on. Researchers with Trend Micro observed the FlashPack exploit kit being distributed to users through social media sharing buttons on Web sites. The exploit kit attempts to exploit vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and is mostly targeting users in Japan at present. Source:

August 23, Softpedia – (International) MeetMe social network systems breached. Social network MeetMe reported that it was compromised by attackers between August 5 and August 7 who were able to obtain an unspecified number of users’ encrypted user names, passwords, and email addresses. The company advised users to change their passwords as a precaution. Source:

August 24, KTCT 11 Fort Worth – (Arizona) Bomb threat tweets cause AA plane to be diverted. An American Airlines fight en route to San Diego from Dallas was diverted to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport August 24 due to a security-related issue when a hacker group called Lizard Squad tweeted to the airline about reports of an explosive onboard. The 185 passengers and crewmembers on board were evacuated off the plane as federal authorities investigated and determined the aircraft was clear. Source:

August 24, WEAU 13 Eau Claire – (National) Charter: Internet services restored following outage. Internet services were restored to hundreds of thousands of Charter Communications Inc. customers throughout the nation August 24 following a widespread outage August 23. Source:



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