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DDoS Cyber Attacks Hit British Airways

British Airways' air-mile accounts, coding site GitHub and work chat service Slack have all become the victims of the latest wave of distributed denial of service (DDoS) cyber-attacks.

Such attacks are becoming increasing prevalent, and IT security leader Arbor Networks is one company that has aimed to address this issue. Arbor specialises in the creation of DDoS protection that prevents DDoS cyber-attacks from infiltrating IT infrastructures.

British Airways notified its users of the incidents, which varied in approach, after a number of accounts frequent flyer Executive Club accounts were reportedly hacked and emptied.

San Francisco- based GitHub, which is used by more than 8 million software developers from around the world, reported similar problems, stating that it was currently being targeted by a large DDoS attack.

GitHub systems engineer Jesse Newland wrote on the website's blog: "We are currently experiencing the largest DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack in GitHub's history. These include some sophisticated new techniques that use the web browsers of unsuspecting, uninvolved people to flood GitHub with high levels of traffic."

Meanwhile, solutions similar to those created by Arbor Networks were employed by US firm Slack, which has stated recently that it was the target of a cyber-attack in February that saw hackers gain access to a database containing user names, email addresses and Skype ID.

Since the attack took place, Slack has introduced a two-factor authentication as an additional security step, requiring users to type in a code sent to their mobile device to access the app.

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