A Mysterious DDoS In opposition to The Web Archive And 600,000 Useless ActionTec Routers

With No One Claiming Accountability

It’s been an odd week with two main assaults reported, one ongoing and one from final yr, with nobody to say accountability for both.   Beginning on Sunday, the Internet Archive has been fighting off a DDoS attack which has made accessing their web site problematic.  The assaults appear to have petered out because the week progressed and the positioning appears reachable now.  There was additionally an announcement from an unknown group calling themselves SN_Blackmeta has claimed accountability, nonetheless they’re utterly unknown to safety researchers, so take that with a grain of salt.  The Web Archive has to combat off no matter idiots determined to DDoS them, together with authorized battles about whether or not the contents of the Web Archive ought to be coated beneath honest use rights and are asking for donations in the event you can swing a couple of dollars.

The opposite mysterious assault targeted ActionTec’s T3200 and T3260 routers, bricking them with a foul firmware replace.  The assaults occurred between October 25 and 27, 2023 and focused a single ISP.  The Register and others haven’t been in a position to decide which ISP was attacked, as not one of the ones they spoke with would affirm their clients had been the victims.  That makes the assault doubly odd, we all know it occurred however not who did it nor who was focused.

Let’s hope for a quiet weekend, eh?