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by Tymoteusz A. Góral

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#1644 The Dyn report: What we know so far about the world's biggest DDoS attack
First, there was nothing -- nothing -- surprising about this attack. As Paul Mockapetris, creator of the Domain Name System (DNS), said, "The successful DDoS attack on DYN is merely a new twist on age-old warfare. ... Classic warfare can be anticipated and defended against. But warfare on the internet, just like in history, has changed. So let's take a look at the asymmetrical battle in terms of the good guys (DYN) and the bad guys (Mirai botnets), and realize and plan for more of these sorts of attacks."

This new twist came from the Internet of Things (IoT). Surprised? Please. We knew all along that not only could the IoT be used to attack networks, it would be used to target the internet.

IoT vendors must improve their security. Or, as Lyndon Nerenberg, an internet engineer, said on the North American Network Operators Group (NANOG), the professional association for internet engineering, architecture, and operations, mailing list, "The way this will get solved is for a couple of large ISPs and DDoS targets to sue a few of these IoT device manufacturers into oblivion."
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#1645 Don’t Skype and Type! Acoustic eavesdropping in VOIP (PDF)
#1644 The Dyn report: What we know so far about the world's biggest DDoS attack
#1643 Remote code execution vulnerabilities plague LibTIFF library
#1642 Lawmakers asking what ISPs can do about DDoS attacks
#1641 Paypal fixes 'worrying' security bug
#1640 Windows Atom tables can be abused for code injection attacks
#1639 Microsoft Office malware: Now more users get anti-hacker, macro-blocking features
#1638 Flash Player zero-day being exploited in targeted attacks
#1637 Joomla update fixes two critical issues, 2FA error
#1636 Dyn DDoS could have topped 1 Tbps
#1635 Cisco patches critical vulnerability in facility events response system
#1634 Could your 'smart' home be a weapon of web destruction?
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