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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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September 28, 2016

Anonymous India: Mobile Network Reliance Jio is Sharing Call Data with Advertisers

The hacking group Anonymous is accusing the telecom network, Reliance Jio, of sharing its call data with advertisers in the U.S. and Singapore.

In a recent blog post, Anonymous India exposes how Reliance Jio has been sharing customers’ call data with foreign companies. Anonymous India also provide steps to see how Reliance Jio are sharing the data.

It said:

A year ago we had posted about how Reliance Jio was sharing user location data with China. One year on and nothing has changed.

In the blog post, Anonymous India claims that data from Reliance Jio’s My Jio and Jio Dialer apps are being sent to an advertiser called Mad.Me. It further adds that Reliance [...]

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January 27, 2016

Report: DDoS Attacks Are Becoming Extortion Attempts Rather than Activist Disruptions

A security firm’s annual security infrastructure report details the threats facing enterprise and organizations, with DDoS attacks continuing to be a significant disruptor.

It’s a report that provides insight into the global threat landscape by detailing the most critical security challenges facing service providers, cloud hosting and other network operators in the world. In its 11th annual edition, Arbor Networks has released the Annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report with 354 participating respondents.

The complete report can be downloaded here.

The report addresses top advanced threat trends targeting network operators and [...]

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