- A new alert by the Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center warns that the online systems used by academic institutions are vulnerable to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.
- The document recommends that colleges and universities review their Domain Name System and network configurations to prevent hijacking by hackers, and REN-ISAC Technical Director Doug Pearson recently told PC World that DNS amplification and DNS reflection attacks are those most likely to hit academic institutions.
- The implementation of anti-spoofing network filtering methods is among the suggested preventative measures suggested to prevent such attacks.
From the article:
... "The REN-ISAC wants to raise awareness and drive change concerning common network and domain name system (DNS) configurations that fall short of accepted best practice and which, if left unchecked, open the door for your institution to be exploited as an unwitting partner to crippling denial of service attacks against third parties," Pearson said. ...