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October 22, 2016

Is a Decentralized Internet the Solution to Outages?

“Attacks that we witnessed today were possible mainly because there is a centralized infrastructure which could have been targeted,” said Piotr Janiuk, CTO of  Golem,  which seeks to decentralize the internet using peer-to-peer technology. “The attack itself isn’t easy to carry out, but it is obvious that even the backbone infrastructure behind the Internet contains single points of failure which are prone to such malicious activity – even though the infrastructure may comprise multiple machines. As of today, the trend is to move towards distributed solutions and the main problem is the lack of standard way of setting up the infrastructure.”

Golem  is among a [...]

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October 21, 2016

A DDoS Attack is Crippling the Internet & One Cryptographer Called It

A number of popular websites including the likes of Twitter and Reddit were taken down today after a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks targeted DNS service Dyn.

Put a marker down on this day. It is one to be remembered. Large DDoS attacks have relentlessly targeted major DNS host Dyn, leading to websites of the likes of Twitter, Reddit, AirBnB and Github among plenty of others to experience partial or total outages.

For those not in the know, a DNS or Domain Name Servers fundamentally act as the tool that sees through a user’s request to access any given webpage ensuring that the internet user reaches the right destination. If you clicked on this [...]

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October 19, 2016

The New York Times Website is Offline

The New York Times is down and cannot be accessed anywhere in the world.

An attempt to reach the homepage of The New York Times throws up the following error.

The NYT’s server is unresponsive globally, and has been down for about 90 minutes at the time of publishing.

Meanwhile, the publication’s official Twitter account has admitted that the website is facing “technical problems” with no hints of revealing what those problems actually are.

The @nytimes website is experiencing technical problems. We're working to get them fixed.

— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 19, 2016

However, the [...]

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October 13, 2016

CCTV Botnets Make DDoS Attacks

Recent reports showed that attackers are leveraging the vulnerability of CCTV for distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

Octave Klaba, founder and CTO of OVH, reported via his Twitter account that for days, OVH became victim to multiple DDoS attacks.

“Last days, we got lot of huge DDoS. Here, the list of “bigger that 100Gbps” only. You can see the simultaneous DDoS are close to 1Tbps!” the founder and CTO of OVH tweeted.

According to Klaba, the DDoS attackers used an internet of things (IoT) botnet with 145,607 compromised CCTV security cameras.

“This botnet with 145607 cameras/dvr (1-30Mbps per IP) is able to send [...]

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