‘Bitcoin Baron’ claims credit for City of Columbia, KOMU DDoS attacks
He cited a 2010 SWAT raid in Columbia as his motivation behind the DDoS attacks.
Dec. 29, 2014
An individual is taking credit for the distributed denial of service attacks on the websites of the City of Columbia and KOMU-8 on Friday.
KOMU posted about the attack on its Facebook page at 3:48 p.m. Friday, about three hours after the station had reported on a similar attack on the City of Columbia’s website earlier Friday.
Prasad Calyam, assistant professor of computer science with a technical focus in cyber security, said DDoS attacks occur when a user creates a large amount of fake traffic that accesses a site’s servers all at once to crash the site. “(A DDoS attack) is a sort of brute force attack, where many machines are compromised to act like regular users in order to block real users from reaching the site,” he said. Calyam said DDoS attacks cannot be stopped as they occur, and he advised that locally blocking a website is the best way to deal with an attack. “(That is) because it’s hard for an Internet provider to block people from accessing your site,” he said. “The only way to prevent attacks is through an intrusion detection system, which can be really expensive … There are open source intrusion detection systems available, but they must be maintained and managed by experts.” Siddall said KOMU is working with their third-party Internet provider to prevent future attacks.
@rmckinney9 You're welcome just glad I was able to be on to help you out and no, no data is compromised, as I don't do that.— Excalibur (@xBitCoin_Baronx) December 27, 2014