The websites of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) ministry, the state-owned CAT Telecom and the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) have suffered outage. Later, the main government’s website also went offline. The sites were rendered inactive at about 10pm local time on Wednesday, 30 September but were restored by the next day. The cyber-attacks are appeared to be a protest against the government’s plan to limit access to sites deemed inappropriate.
A DDoS attack works by exceeding a website's capacity to handle internet traffic. They are usually orchestrated by a program or bot and it is hard to detected. An attacker may use your computer to conduct attacks by taking control of your device (also smartphone or tablet). He or she could then force your computer to send huge amounts of data to a website or send spam to particular email addresses.
Unfortunately, there are no one good way to avoid being the victim of DDoS attacks. You could take some steps to reduce the likelihood that an attacker will use your device: install the anti-virus software; install firewall, reduce SPAM in your inbox by carefully distribution of your email address.
The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), which is the center of knowledge about cyber security in Europe, organizes as every year in October the European Cyber Security Month. The campaign is starting in a few days. What is its purpose and how can you participate in it?
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a 99-article regulation meant to protect the private data of Europeans in IT systems. Announced in 2016, covers a broad variety of topics and will go into effect as a requirement on May 25, 2018. GDPR applies to any company doing business in Europe even if it is located elsewhere.
In November this year we wrote about the need to replace SSL certificates issued by Symantec Group. Find out the dates when you need to re-issue your certificates.