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Well, that didn’t last long – DDoS record broken again with 990Gbps flood

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No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Just a week after Brian Krebs was hit with a 620Gbps IoT attack, reports are hitting the wires that OVH has been hit with an even larger attack – two simultaneous barrages of 799Gbps and 191Gbps for a whopping 990Gbps total. And this may only be the beginning…

Akamai’s decision to drop Krebs’ DDoS protection wasn’t an infrastructure thing – yeah, right

// September 26th, 2016 //
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I wasn’t too happy to hear that Akamai dropped security researcher/writer Brian Krebs last week after Kreb’s website sustained the largest-ever DDoS attack. In short, they basically offered Krebs protection from DDoS attacks until, well, they said they couldn’t. Then they dropped him leaving Krebs to fend for himself.

Security researcher Brian Krebs’ website hit with largest ever DDoS attack – 665 Gbps!

// September 21st, 2016 //
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No Comments » // Hacking and Security

Security researcher Brian Krebs of KrebsOnSecurity reported today that his site was hit with a walloping 665 Gbps DDoS attack. The attack included SYN and HTTP floods and peaked at 153 Mpps (million packets per second). Krebs’ site remained online, the attack mitigated by Akami’s DDoS protection service.

How to tell if you’re on a government watchlist (and how to get on and off the wild ride)

// September 21st, 2016 //
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People often wonder if their names have somehow made it to the “the list”, that watchlist of US citizens whom the government suspects may be up to something. I would venture to say, the best way to know if you’re on the watchlist would be to recognize how often you find yourself forced into unique […]

WTF, I just found this racist Halloween mask depicting a black man on Amazon

// September 21st, 2016 //
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I was searching for lifelike mice on Amazon today (long story) and found this unbelievably racist Halloween mask of a black man. Tiny ears, white eyes, big lips – just like the racist cartoons of the 50’s. My gut reaction was shock and I began to wonder how the seller would justify placing an item […]

A day in the life of a Bug Bounty hunter – demo of productive hacking session against Yelp

// September 9th, 2016 //
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Offering bounties worth thousands, even millions of dollars, bug bounties pay hackers to report vulnerabilities. The process is pretty simple. The hacker sends the vulnerability report to the company, the company patches the vulnerably, the bounty paid, and finally, the vulnerability disclosed. Everyone wins. Usually.

Calm down everyone – Samsung’s not going to make you send your Note 7 back for repairs.

// September 2nd, 2016 //
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No Comments » // Mobile

The Samsung Note 7 battery problem is indeed a major blow but not unheard of. Samsung will recover and in fact, there are already rumors they’ve ramped up customer service to save face. Still, with Apple’s new iPhone 7 coming out in mere weeks, the battery grenade problem couldn’t have happened at a more inopportune […]

Who’s really behind the DNC/NSA hacks? Russia, Snowden, independent hacker, or hybrid of all three?

// August 17th, 2016 //
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Regardless of whether you consider Edward Snowden’s leaks of classified information to be self-sacrificial acts of patriotism or the deeds of a traitor, the recent DNC data dump and NSA cyber weapons malware (milware?) code drops have all the markings of a Snowden escapade. If you disagree, consider the timing of the code drop and […]

Americans are intelligent but history shows they could still elect a fascist, Hitler-like leader

// August 9th, 2016 //
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To determine if America could indeed reshape the world by “accidentally” electing a fascist leader, we have to look no further than Nazi Germany. Nazi Germany was inconceivable, unbelievable, and sadly, irreversible. Although everyone is familiar with Hitler’s Nazi regime, many fail to recognize the subtle series of steps that allowed it to be.

WTF?!? Trump finally releases economic plan in Detroit and his minions are gonna riot

// August 8th, 2016 //
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Harsh agitations aside, a lot of what Trump says makes sense – a least to some degree. Then he goes and does something goofy like releasing an economic plan that to his minions, must feel like a punch in the face. Here’s what Trump plans to do and why it’s so outrageously bizarre.

Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) – how to create a Linux hacking toolkit that runs on Windows 10

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Forget running Kali in a virtual machine (well, at least put it aside for a while). The Windows 10 Anniversary Update includes a whack new feature – Windows Subsystem for Linux or WSL. Using the new LxssManager service, WSL lets you run a full-featured Ubuntu Linux subsystem on Windows 10.

Poodlecorp DDoS attack brings down Blizzard’s battle.net servers

// August 2nd, 2016 //
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I tweeted a few hours ago about a DDoS attack hammering Blizzard’s game servers.  Around 7:00 PM Central Time, players in the game began noticing severe lagging.  Within 30 minutes, the Battle.net servers were completely offline and unavailable for game play.

Arrest records show Alton Sterling was not the “gentle giant” as portrayed by the media

// July 11th, 2016 //
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The arrest records of Alton Sterling (aka Alton Bertell Sterlings) have been released and they don’t do much to help his case nor support his aunt’s claim that he was a “gentle giant”. Sterling was the 37-year-old black man who died at the hands of Baton Rouge police during an arrest for “brandishing a weapon”. […]

After Brexit, Media talking heads still miss the point – here are the real Brexit headlines

// June 24th, 2016 //
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Once again, media talking heads and government officials have missed the point. Instead, here are the headlines that much more accurately summarize the entire Brexit affair:

CIA documents reveal systematic torture – have we forgotten the cost of freedom?

// June 16th, 2016 //
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New documents were released this week which detail the brutal interrogation techniques sanctioned by the CIA after the 9/11 attacks. The published CIA guidelines reveal that the acceptable level of prisoner discomfort is measured by the amount of permanent physical damage it inflicts on the detainee and not whether or not it violates our humanity […]

Really? Paul Ryan snuck the full text of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act into the emergency budget bill last night

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I suspect this will be big news over the course of the next few days and rightfully so. With the threat of government shutdown looming, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan introduced a 2,000-page “omnibus” budget bill as a last-minute compromise. Most of the bill looks fairly legit until you get to page 1,728 where […]