OpenAI Fights DDoS Attacks

Nov 10 2023

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Welcome to Gone Phishing, your daily cybersecurity newsletter that’s celebrating its 200th edition! ???? Woop woop! Here’s to a thousand more ????

It’s Friday, folks, which can only mean one thing… It’s time for our weekly segment!

It goes by many names. Patch of the Week, Tweak of the week. Okay, that’s it.

Congrats, the cybercriminals are no match… for your patch! ????????????

Check out these freshly hatched patches!! ????????????

Android rage ????????????

???? Google dropped a security update for Android! In November 2023, 37 vulnerabilities got patched, and extra fixes for Pixel devices were included. ????

Part 1: 2023-11-01 patch tackles 15 issues, including a critical one (CVE-2023-40113) affecting Android 11, 12, 12L, and 13. ????

Part 2: 2023-11-05 patch covers 22 security defects in Arm, MediaTek, and Qualcomm components.

If you have the 2023-10-05 patch, don’t sweat it because you’re already protected, baby. ???? Pixel users get eight patches, and Wear OS and Automotive OS are also secured. No known attacks yet! ????????????

Now, on to today’s hottest cybersecurity stories:

  • ???? It’s open season on OpenAI’s ChatGPT with DDoS attacks galore

  • ???? Windows’ news portal impersonated by RedLine malvertising scam ????

  • ???? U.S. urges critical infrastructure to embrace ‘Shields Ready’ campaign ????️

Hackers: Can we hack it? DDoS we can!


Defending ChatGPT: OpenAI Fights DDoS Attacks ????️

OpenAI, the developer behind ChatGPT, recently faced a relentless storm of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, causing intermittent outages. Here’s the scoop on what happened and why it matters. ????

???? Attack Alert: ChatGPT in Peril ????

On November 8, ChatGPT and its API experienced “periodic outages” due to an abnormal traffic pattern, indicative of a DDoS onslaught. OpenAI worked tirelessly to mitigate the situation and get ChatGPT back on track. ????

???? Hacktivist Havoc ????

Anonymous Sudan, a hacktivist group, declared itself the culprit behind these DDoS attacks. Their motives? Allegations of OpenAI’s support for Israel and concerns about ChatGPT’s potential role in oppressive actions. ????

???? AI in Conflict and Espionage ????

Anonymous Sudan raised questions about AI’s use in weaponry and intelligence, emphasising the impact on global conflicts. ????

???? Strengthening Cyber Defences ????️

Security experts advise continuous enhancement of DDoS mitigation services to adapt to the evolving tactics of threat actors. OpenAI remains a notable target for cyberattacks due to its prominence in the tech industry. ????

In a world filled with uncertainties, safeguarding network integrity remains paramount. Stay tuned for updates as OpenAI’s battle against DDoS attacks unfolds. ????????????


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Windows: I heard the news today, oh boy ????


???? Malvertising Alert: Cybercriminals Mimic Windows News Portal to Spread Malware ????

A concerning malvertising campaign has emerged, where cybercriminals are imitating a legitimate Windows news portal to disseminate malware. This portal typically attracts software enthusiasts and system administrators seeking computer reviews and software utilities. ????️

???? What’s Going On? ????

Threat actors are capitalising on the Windows news portal’s credibility to promote a malicious installer for the widely-used CPU-Z processor tool.

They employ a cloaking technique that redirects victims to a seemingly innocent blog page, which, in reality, leads to a download page housing a digitally signed MSIX installer designed to avoid detection.

When users click the installer, a malicious PowerShell script called FakeBat is triggered, downloading Redline Stealer onto the victim’s system.

???? A Broader Campaign Unveiled ????

Based on their investigation, researchers suspect this incident is part of a larger malvertising campaign targeting other utilities like Notepad++, Citrix, and VNC Viewer. ????️

???? Recent Trickery Trends ????

In addition to this, a surge in fake browser update campaigns has been observed, facilitating the spread of Cobalt Strike, loaders, and stealers. These campaigns have tricked users into unknowingly downloading malware onto their systems through visual deception and watering hole techniques. ????

????️ Stay Vigilant ????

Impersonating popular software remains a favoured tactic of cybercriminals. To stay safe, organisations can verify software files using SHA256 hash sums from the vendor’s website and keep an eye on Indicators of Compromise (IoCs), including malicious domains and payload URLs, to understand attack patterns. ????️????

Vigilance and cautiousness remain key in the ongoing battle against cyber threats. Stay informed and stay secure! ????????????

???? Catch of the Day!! ????????????

Our new segment where we pick out some cool sites we like, reply to the mail and let us know what you think.

???? The Motley Fool: “Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” Good ol’ George Dubya ???? Let us tell who’s not fooling around though; that’s the Crüe ???? at Motley Fool. You’d be a fool (alright, enough already! ????) not to check out their Share Tips from time to time so your savings can one day emerge from their cocoon as a beautiful butterfly! ???? Kidding aside, if you check out their website they’ve actually got a ton of great content with a wide variety of different investment ideas to suit most budgets ???? (LINK)

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???? Digital Ocean: If you build it they will come. Nope, we’re not talking about a baseball field for ghosts ???????? (Great movie, to be fair ????). This is the Digital Ocean who’ve got a really cool platform for building and hosting pretty much anything you can think of. If you check out their website you’ll find yourself catching the buzz even if you can’t code (guilty ????). But if you can and you’re looking for somewhere to test things out or launch something new or simply enhance what you’ve got, we’d recommend checking out their services fo’ sho ???? And how can you not love their slogan: Dream it. Build it. Grow it. Right on, brother! ???? (LINK)

US: Tonight, we dine in hell ????️⚔️????

US Government Launches “Shields Ready” Campaign for Cyber Resilience ????️

The US government is stepping up its game in the realm of critical infrastructure (CNI) cyber-resilience with the launch of the “Shields Ready” campaign, designed to complement the highly successful “Shields Up” initiative.

????️ Shields Up or Shields Ready? ????

While “Shields Up” aimed to prepare everyone for cyber-attacks, “Shields Ready” has a laser focus on enhancing CNI processes and fortifying systems in anticipation of potential incidents. ????

???? Key Messages for CNI Providers

Jointly launched by the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), “Shields Ready” conveys four pivotal messages to CNI providers:

Understand Infrastructure & Dependencies ????‍♂️: Identify critical operational systems and potential interdependencies with other infrastructure.

Comprehensive Risk Assessments ????: Evaluate a broad spectrum of threats that could disrupt CNI and assess specific vulnerabilities.

Make Actionable Plans ????: Develop strategic risk management plans to reduce risks and vulnerabilities. Create incident response and recovery plans to minimise downtime.

Measure Progress & Improve ????: Continuously enhance readiness by testing incident response plans under real conditions. Regularly update and evaluate strategic plans.

Jen Easterly, CISA director, stressed the need to equip CNI entities, including hospitals, schools, and water facilities, with the resources necessary to respond to disruptions. This campaign aims to enhance the resilience of the infrastructure that Americans rely on daily. ????????

Preparation today ensures readiness for tomorrow’s threats. Stay vigilant and resilient! ????️???????? Cheers cyber squad and thanks for reading our 200th edition. Enjoy the weekend and stay cyber safe ✌️

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