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Compromised Linux Servers Used in Large DDoS Attacks

06
Sep
2014

A botnet composed of poorly maintained Linux servers has been leveraged by cybercriminals to run significant distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against companies.

The attackers mainly exploit vulnerabilities in unpatched versions of Apache Struts and Tomcat in order to infect the servers, although there have been instances where poorly configured Elasticsearch was used.

Dubbed “IptabLes IptabLex” by researchers at Akamai’s Prolexic division, the botnet has been seen to be employed …

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