A ZingBox report exposes a possible connection between the Mirai botnet and the notorious (and for the most part now incarcerated) skids at Lizard Squad, well-known for their attacks on gaming systems and for their LizardStressor distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) service. (One connection is their common use of Ukrainian hosting service Blazingfast.)
A serious DDoS attack against the Dutch revenue service and several of the country's major banks began over the weekend and continued into yesterday. Investigators have linked Russian servers to the campaign.
Users of IOTA cryptocurrency were successfully robbed of some $4 million by an unusually patient criminal who set up a malicious seed site that assigned users predictable seeds-an eighty-one-character seed necessary to create a wallet. Once this was done, the criminal ("Norbertvdberg") phished to land users in his site. On January 19 Norbertvdberg used the logs he'd accumulated over six months of operation to empty the users' IOTA wallets. His site is now closed, and he is on the lam. It's worth noting that a DDoS attack on IOTA network nodes occurred at the time Norbertvdberg was looting the wallets. The attack seems to have been misdirection, a common use of DDoS.
In a setback for HM Government, the High Court in London ruled the Snooper's Charter unlawful. The surveillance law had been challenged by a Labour MP.
The Coincheck hack is thought likely to spur more regulation of cryptocurrency exchanges.
The US House Intelligence Committee voted to release its classified staff memo on alleged surveillance abuses.