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Answers to ‘Is the internet broken?’ and other Dyn DDoS questions

A Q&A on what caused the Dyn DDoS attacks and what to do to protect yourself and your network.

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Physical RAM attack can root Android and possibly other devices

Researchers have devised a new way to fully compromise Android devices without exploiting any software vulnerability and instead taking advantage of a physical design weakness in RAM chips.


Chinese firm recalls camera products linked to massive DDOS attack

A Chinese electronics component maker is recalling 4.3 million internet-connected camera products from the U.S. market amid claims they may have played a role in Friday's massive internet disruption.


Media fails to tell consumers about device flaws in Friday’s internet outage

When reporting on Friday’s DDoS attack, the national media should have warned consumers not to install internet-connected devices that have a 4-year-old flaw.

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SnapChat, Skype among worst messaging apps for not respecting users’ right to privacy

Amnesty International ranked 11 tech companies and their messaging apps. Facebook had the best privacy, while SnapChat and Skype were among the worst.

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Does Southwest’s new ‘password’ commercial need to get away?

If you watched any football yesterday, chances are you saw the latest in Southwest Airlines’ “Wanna get away?” commercial series, this one featuring a military general and his comical willingness to surrender his network access...

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Cybersecurity, business and IT relationships

Working relationships between cybersecurity, business and IT groups are strained and fraught with challenges.

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Bots may be trumping online polls

Poll results are supposed to be driven by opinions, but marketers, politicians and others know opinions can be driven by polls. Hence the rising use of bots to skew perceptions in favor of a product, a celebrity or, at this time of...


Better safe than sorry: 5 apps for encrypting and shredding files

If you want to protect sensitive data -- especially if you’re sending it via email or via an online service -- one of these five encryption programs can help.

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French surveillance law is unconstitutional after all, highest court says

The French Constitutional Council has taken another look at a new security law it waved through in July 2015, and found it wanting.


New products of the week 10.24.16

Our roundup of intriguing new products from companies such as Barracuda and Watchguard.

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WikiLeaks says it doesn’t collaborate with states

WikiLeaks claims to have many thousands of sources but does not collaborate with states in the publication of documents, its editorial board said Sunday.


Chinese firm admits its hacked products were behind Friday's massive DDOS attack

A Chinese electronics component manufacturer says its products inadvertently played a role in a massive cyberattack that disrupted major internet sites in the U.S. on Friday.

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IoT botnets used in unprecedented DDoS against Dyn DNS; FBI, DHS investigating

Mirai malware was used to control infected IoT devices to DDoS Dyn DNS, creating massive disruptions. The FBI and DHS are investigating.

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U.S. indicts Russian for hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox, Formspring

The U.S. has charged a suspected Russian hacker with stealing information from LinkedIn, Dropbox and a question-and-answer site formerly known as Formspring.

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How the Dyn DDoS attack unfolded

The attacks that overwhelmed the internet-address lookup service provided by Dyn today were well coordinated and carefully plotted to take down data centers all over the globe, preventing customers from reaching more than 1,200...


An IoT botnet is partly behind Friday's massive DDOS attack

Malware that can build botnets out of IoT devices is at least partly responsible for a massive distributed denial-of-service attack that disrupted U.S. internet traffic on Friday, according to network security companies.

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Extensive DDoS attack against Dyn restarts, could indicate a new use of old criminal tech

Attacks against DNS service provider Dyn resumed today after a two and a half hour lull, and could indicate a new application of an old criminal technology, experts say.

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