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BGP hijacking attacks target payment systems

August 06, 2018 / Michael Heller

Researchers discovered a wave of BGP hijacking attacks aimed at DNS servers related to payment processing systems in an apparent effort to steal money from unsuspecting users. Researchers discovered BGP hijacking attacks targeting payment processing systems and using new tricks to maximize the attackers hold on DNS servers. Doug Madory, director of internet analysis at Oracle Dyn, previously saw border gateway protocol (BGP) hijacking attacks in April 2018 and has seen them continue through July. The first attack targeted an Amazon DNS server in order to lure victims to a malicious site and steal cryptocurrency, but more recent attacks targeted a wider range of U.S. payment services. "As in the Amazon case, these more recent BGP hijacks enabled imposter DNS servers to return forged DNS responses, misdirecting unsuspecting users to malicious sites.  By using long TTL values in the forged responses, recursive DNS servers held these bogus DNS entries in their caches long after t...