SOCA shrugs off DDoS attack

Powered by SC Magazine
 

Attack may be retaliation by angry carders.

The website of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) was taken offline by a Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack last night.

Although no claim of responsibility has been made, SOCA said that the attack did not ‘pose a security risk to the organisation'.

“We took action to limit the impact on other clients hosted by the [same] service provider," it said in a statement to the BBC.

“DDoS attacks are a temporary inconvenience to website visitors but do not pose a security risk. Soca's web site contains only publicly available information and does not provide access to operational material.”

While no responsibility was claimed, a tweet by the main Anonymous account made note of the attack.

"Tango down: DDoS attack takes down site of UK Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca)” with a link to the BBC News story.

Pro-US hacker The Jester said in a tweet that the attack was likely a "retaliation to carder site takedowns last week".

Last week SOCA and the FBI shut down 36 websites that were believed to be selling stolen credit card information, with 2.5 million items of compromised data recovered.

Rob Rachwald, director of security strategy at Imperva called the takedown ‘significant' and said that taking the sites offline ‘was a serious blow'.

Nathan Pearce, EMEA product manager at F5 Networks, said the "bold move" was equivalent to "putting graffiti on the Scotland Yard sign outside their offices".

Soca was previously hit by a DDoS in June last year by the hacktivist group LulzSec. Jake Davis and Ryan Cleary were both arrested in connection with the attack.

Ovum senior security analyst Andrew Kellett said security should have improved to counter DDoS attacks.

“Comments suggesting that ‘DDoS attacks are a temporary inconvenience' do not always fit the reality. Hacktivist attacks targeting particular operations have been known to be both persistent and longstanding, requiring extensive DDoS defences."

“Under the circumstances the actions of the agency appear to have been prompt and correct. They look to have spotted the attack quickly and by taking their site down reduced the impact on others who share the same service provider resources.”

This article originally appeared at scmagazineuk.com

Copyright © SC Magazine, US edition


SOCA shrugs off DDoS attack
 
 
 
Top Stories
The True Cost of BYOD - 2014 survey
Twelve months on from our first study, is BYOD a better proposition?
 
Photos: Unboxing the Magnus supercomputer
Pawsey's biggest beast slots into place.
 
ANZ looks to life beyond the transaction
If digital disruptors think an online payments startup could rock the big four, they’ve missed the point of why people use banks, says Patrick Maes.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
What is delaying adoption of public cloud in your organisation?







   |   View results
Lock-in concerns
  29%
 
Application integration concerns
  3%
 
Security and compliance concerns
  27%
 
Unreliable network infrastructure
  9%
 
Data sovereignty concerns
  22%
 
Lack of stakeholder support
  3%
 
Protecting on-premise IT jobs
  4%
 
Difficulty transitioning CapEx budget into OpEx
  3%
TOTAL VOTES: 1132

Vote