Hackers target internet address serious flaw

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Internet users could be affected by exploits that throw websites offline. According to a security firm, hackers are exploiting a serious flaw in the internet’s architecture. The bug targets systems which convert URLs into IP addresses.

Exploiting it could interfere with internet services as it allows hackers to launch denial-of-service attacks on websites, potentially forcing them offline.

The recently identified bug allows attackers to crash software, therefore taking DNS service offline and preventing URLs, for example, from working.

A patch for the flaw is already available, but many systems are yet to be updated.

Daniel Cid, a networking expert at Sucuri has published a blog post on the vulnerability in which he explained that real exploits taking advantage of the flaw have already happened.

“A few of our clients, in different industries, had their DNS servers crashed because of it.

“Based on our experience, server software, like Bind, Apache, OpenSSL and others, do not get patched as often as they should.”

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