Cybersecurity in the Middle East: It’s time for a Change

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$152,000 in Ethereum stolen in Amazon DNS server attack

Hackers used a man-in-the-middle attack to compromise an Amazon DNS server leading to about $152,000 in Ethereum cryptocurrency being stolen from customers when they were redirected to a phishing site where their wallet’s login credentials were stolen.

The incident began on Tuesday when cybercriminals used a border gateway protocol, a standardized exterior gateway protocol designed to exchange routing and reachability information among autonomous systems, rerouting traffic intended for Amazon’s Route 53 DNS service to a second server hosted by Equinix and then on to a server in Russia, according to reports from ESET’s Graham Cluley and a CloudFlare blog.

The IPs involved,,, and, are all allocated to Amazon. CloudFlare said during the two-hours when malicious actors had control of the DNS server the IPs only responded to requests for and these requests were then sent along the chain to the Russian server where they were delivered to a phishing website where the victim’s wallet credentials were stolen leading to their Ethereum wallets being emptied.

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