A Liberian internet service provider has sued a rival company and two of its executives for hiring a hacker to launch distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against its infrastructure. More security news Government shutdown: TLS certificates not renewed, many websites are down Malware found preinstalled on some Alcatel smartphones What happens when the cops get hit with malware, too? Google search results listings can be manipulated for propaganda The ISP –Lonestar Cell MTN– has filed the lawsuit in a British commercial court over the weekend. The defendants are Daniel Kaye (the hacker), Cellcom (now Orange Liberia, the rival telecom), Avishai Marziano (former Cellcom CEO), and Ran Polani (another Cellcom executive). The lawsuit comes after British authorities sentenced Kaye to two years and eight months in prison, on Friday last week, for using his custom-made DDoS botnet to attack Lonestar’s infrastructure throughout the fall of 2016, but also attacks on other targets. According to a statement from the UK National Crime Agency following Kaye’s sentencing, Kaye “was hired by a senior official at Cellcom, a rival Liberian network provider, and paid a monthly retainer.” “From September 2016, Kaye used his own Mirai botnet, made up of a network of infected Dahua security cameras, to carry out consistent attacks on Lonestar,” the NCA said. “In November 2016, the traffic from Kaye’s botnet was so high in volume that it disabled internet access across Liberia.” “The attacks had a direct and significant impact on Lonestar’s ability to provide services to its customers,… [Read full story]
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