DDoS attack strikes anti-money laundering website

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Bobbear is a British website designed to inform the community about websites set up by gangs stealing money from innocent internet users through email scams and money mule operations. You can normally reach it at www.bobbear.co.uk – but if you try and do that today you’ll probably discover that you can’t get through.

Bob Harrison, the administrator of the Bobbear website, got in touch with me this weekend to tell me that his site was under fire from a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack using compromised botnet computers around the world. The botnet is bombarding Bob’s website with traffic, effectively blasting it off the internet and making it impossible for legitimate visitors to reach the site.

According to Bob, the botnet is “huge” with “over half a million recorded zombie hits from midnight to 8am today.”

This isn’t the first time that the Bobbear website has been attacked by the very criminals it tries to educate the public about. In October last year, hackers…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.