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[ISN] Hacker Billboard Pastebin Struggles With DDOS Attacks
By Jeremy Kirk
Feb 23, 2012
Pastebin, a website favored by hackers to publicly post sensitive stolen
data, has been battling an ongoing distributed denial-of-service (DDOS)
attack aimed at disabling the site, according to its administrators.
The latest attack started on Wednesday, according to a Pastebin post on
its website. Pastebin said it blocked 4,000 malicious IP addresses
initially. But the attack grew. Pastebin said in Twitter messages that
the number of attacking computers increased to 9,000, then to 12,000,
then to 17,000 and up to 20,000.
"This number is growing by the minute," Pastebin wrote. By Thursday,
Pastebin said some 22,000 computers were attacking it.
"These IP's are most likely from innocent people who have no clue that
their computer is being used for this purpose," Pastebin said. "It is
highly recommended that you always have up-to-date antivirus software
installed and a good firewall active."
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