You probably never thought about kittens, zombies and porn in the same breath — and the imagery gets even weirder if you throw the words "B2B e-commerce" into the mix.
But everything is possible on the Internet: even a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that employed an apparently unprecedented technique to cause thousands of online video viewers to unwittingly bombard a target website with junk traffic.
According to researchers from Web security firm Incapsula, the attack last Wednesday resulted from a persistent cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability on one of the biggest and most popular video sites on the web.
Incapsula co-founder Marc Gaffan declined to identify the site, but told CMSWire it ranks among the top 50 websites in the world by traffic based on statistics from Amazon-owned firm Alexa. That seems to narrow it down to one of two sites: Youtube.com — the third largest — or Xvideos.com — the 44th largest.
Someone capitalized on viral videos of something like cute cats … or maybe sex kittens … to surreptitiously turn website visitors into “DDoS Zombies” — in the hope of taking down an unidentified B2B e-commerce site.
You can't make this stuff up.