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  1. PointDNS says most of its DNS servers are online again after a massive DDoS attack late last week took down the service provider. A post on the company’s Twitter account on Friday said the provider was adding nameservers and working with network providers to restore service to its customers. Many of those same customers took to social media complaining about downtime and unavailability of their own websites and services. According to its website, PointDNS services more than 220,000 domains worldwide. Earlier today, a post from parent company Copper.io said services were “back to normal.” This
  2. A 12 year old boy has pleaded guilty to three counts of hacking in a Canadian court on Thursday. The fifth grader, who was 11 at the time of the offences, aided Anonymous in DDOS attacks against government sites during the 2012 Quebec student protests. The boy contributed to the crashing of sites and acquired user and administrator information from database servers. He is also accused of defacing the front page of websites. The Toronto Sun reports one of the hacked sites was down for two days, causing over $60,000 in damage. A report is expected to detail the extent of the attacks on tar
  3. The website for the United States National Security Agency suddenly went offline Friday. NSA.gov has been unavailable globally as of late Friday afternoon, and Twitter accounts belonging to people loosely affiliated with the Anonymous hacktivism movement have suggested they are responsible. Twitter users @AnonymousOwn3r and @TruthIzSexy both were quick to comment on the matter, and implied that a distributed denial-of-service attack, or DDoS, may have been waged as an act of protest against the NSA. Allegations that those users participated in the DDoS — a method of over-loading a website
  4. The way Facebook Notes handles HTML image tags could could give an attacker the ability to launch distributed denial of service attacks against external sources, using the power of the massive network to amplify the attack. Facebook Notes is a sort of Tumblr-like internal blogging feature built into the world’s largest social network. It lets users write, edit, and publish content in excess of Facebook’s 63,206 character limit imposed on status updates. Facebook lets users embed various HTML tags into their notes. However, the way that Facebook processes <img> tags could present serious
  5. Orbital Decay: the dark side of a popular file downloading tool BY ARYEH GORETSKY POSTED 21 AUG 2013 AT 11:59AM [UPDATE: Popular file download site MajorGeeks has removed Orbit Downloader from their site. 2013-08-23 19:00 AG] Introduction Orbit Downloader by Innoshock is a popular file downloading add-on for web browsers, used not only to speed up the transfer of files over the Internet but also for its ability to download embedded videos from popular streaming video sites like YouTube. Figure 1 – Orbit Downloader Orbit Downloader has been around since at least 2006, and like many progra
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