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Created on Friday, 04 April 2014 16:17
Attackers exploited a vulnerability in a popular video-sharing site to hijack users’ browsers for use in a large-scale distributed denial-of-service attack, according to researchers from Web security firm Incapsula.
The attack happened Wednesday and was the result of a persistent cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in a website that Incapsula declined to name, but said is among the top 50 websites in the world by traffic based on statistics from Amazon-owned firm Alexa.
XSS flaws are the result of improper filtering of user input and can allow attackers to inject unauthorized script code into Web pages. If the code is stored permanently by the server and delivered to all users who view the affected page, the attack is considered persistent.
Site a mystery, methods aren't
“As a result, every time the image was used on one of the the site’s pages (e.g., in the comment section), the malicious code was also embedded inside, waiting to be executed by every future visitor to that page,” the Incapsula researchers said Thursday in a blog post.
The rogue code generated an iframe that loaded a DDoS script into visitors’ browsers from a third-party command-and-control (C&C) server, effectively hijacking the browsers and forcing them to send requests in the background to a third-party site.
The resulting attack against the targeted site consisted of 20 million GET requests received from 22,000 browsers at a rate of around 20,000 requests per second, according to the Incapsula researchers.
“Most websites can not sustain 10 percent of that volume,” said Marc Gaffan, co-founder of Incapsula, Friday via email. “Furthermore since the requests are coming from real
user’s browsers, it’s very difficult to detect and block them.”
The hijacked browsers stop sending requests once the infected page is closed, so the attackers strategically posted comments on popular videos that were 10, 20 and 30 minutes in length. This “effectively created a self-sustaining botnet comprising tens of thousands of hijacked browsers, operated by unsuspecting human visitors who were only there to watch a few funny cat videos,” the Incapsula researchers said.
Created on Friday, 04 April 2014 15:45
Internet users and space enthusiasts are about to come one step closer to deciding the future of space travel. NASA is using the crowdsourcing power of the Web to help to pick the final cover layer design for its next generation spacesuit, and you can vote online until April 15.
More than 83,000 people had already cast their votes as of Wednesday morning on three prototypes, designed jointly by NASA engineers, suit manufacturer ILC Dover and design students from Philadelphia University.
All three candidates are equally as trendy in form and function, but ultimately only one cover layer will be built to go over the Z-2 prototype spacesuit, which NASA spokesman Dan Huot said will be more mobile and can be put on and taken off more easily than the previous Z-1 suit.
Where the bulky, white spacesuits worn by astronauts for the last 30 years have worked well on previous missions “where you’re floating around, there’s no gravity and you don’t have to worry about weight," the old suits "won't work very well" on planet surfaces where there's gravity, such as Mars, Huot told ABC news.
“We’ve always known we need a different suit for when we get on Mars,” Huot said.
Astronauts' Space Suits Through The Years
What people are actually voting on is not the spacesuit itself but the cover layer, which serves to protect the layers underneath from snags and abrasions.
So far, the most popular is the “Technology” cover layer, which has received almost 65 percent of votes, said Huot.
“The Technology one looks a lot like an old Apollo suit. It kind of has that same general look, except with the addition of the light emitting patches,” Huot said. Luminex wire and light-emitting patches on the upper torso will make it easier for astronauts to identify their fellow space walkers, but they "may or may not be incorporated in the final design," Huot said.
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