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Chinese Smartphones Mount Massive Web Attack

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More than 650,000 Chinese smartphones have been unwittingly enrolled in a massive attack that overwhelmed a web server.

The huge attack saw the target site hit with about 4.5 billion separate requests for data in one day.

The tidal wave of data was traced to a pool of booby-trapped adverts that had been seeded with malicious code.

The adverts seem to have been shown in apps popular in China, said Cloudflare, which uncovered the data deluge.

Analysis found that it relied on the widely used Javascript language as it tried to knock the site offline.

“It seems probable that users were served advertisements containing the malicious Javascript,” wrote Cloudflare security analyst Marek Majkowski in a blogpost.

What was not entirely clear, said Mr Majkowski, was how so many Chinese phone owners were tricked into visiting the pages hosting the booby-trapped adverts.

He speculated that the attack had worked because its creators had joined one of the networks that piped adverts to people as they browsed the web.

Many of these ad networks run live auctions with the available slots going to the firm that bids the highest. By bidding high, the cybercriminals seem to have won the right to get their adverts in front of lots of people, he said.

“Attacks like this form a new trend,” said Mr Majkowski. “They present a great danger in the internet – defending against this type of flood is not easy for small website operators.”

The target site received more web traffic in a day than the BBC’s news website gets in a month. Cloudflare did not name the company that ran the server that was hit.

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APC Calls For Omo-Agege’s Prosecution Over Mace snatching

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned in totality, Wednesday’s attack on the Senate and the snatching on the Mace of the senate.

This is even as it has called on all security agencies to take all necessary actions to recover the stolen mace and ensure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are brought to justice.

In a statemnet issued by Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, National Publicity Secretary of the APC, the party said that the attack ammounted to an attack on the nation’s democracy.

“The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to the invasion of the Nigerian Senate by suspected thugs who disrupted Wednesday’s plenary and made away with the mace.

“The APC hereby condemns this action and views it as an attack on our democracy and a desecration of the hallowed institution of the National Assembly.

“We therefore call on security agencies to take all necessary actions to recover the stolen mace and ensure that the perpetrators and their sponsors are brought to justice.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Police has arrested Senator Ovie Omo Agege for leading the hoodlums into the Senate chamber during plenary to snatch the Mace which is the symbol of authority of the upper legislative chamber.

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Mace Theft: Police Arrest Senator Omo-Agege

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The lawmaker was suspended by the Senate for 90 days last week. He, however, attended the plenary today.

The Senate had accused him of leading the armed men who stormed the chamber and snatched the mace while plenary was on.

After the plenary, policemen ushered Omo-Agege from the door of the chamber into a waiting pickup van.

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Thugs Disrupt Senate Plenary, Steals Mace

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The Senate plenary was today disrupted after suspected thugs invaded the chamber and made away with the mace.

The incident happened few seconds after a suspended Senator, Ovie Omo-Agege entered the chamber.

About 10 suspected thugs who came to the venue with the senator forced their entrance into the chamber.

Seconds later, the thugs ran out of the chamber with the mace causing pandemonium in the Senate.

They left the National Assembly with the mace in a black SUV.

The mace is the symbol of authority of the parliament.

One of the security personnel at the entrance of the National Assembly said the thugs told him and other officers they were with the senator.

“We tried to stop them but they told us they were with him (Omo-Agege),” he said.

The Senate has accused a lawmaker, Ovie Omo-Agege, of leading hoodlums to seize the mace, which serves as the chamber’s symbol of authority.

In a statement after the incident on Wednesday, Senate spokesperson, Sabi Abdullahi, said the incident is an act of treason.

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