How one rent-a-botnet army of cameras, DVRs caused Internet chaos

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Internet, Security News, Technology

Welcome to the Internet of Evil Things. The attack that disrupted much of the Internet on October 21 is still being teased apart by investigators, but evidence thus far points to multiple “botnets” of Internet-connected gadgets being responsible for blocking access to the Domain Name Service (DNS) infrastructure at DNS provider Dyn. Most of these botnets—coordinated armies of compromised devices that sent malicious network traffic to their targets—were controlled by Mirai, a self-spreading malware for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

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Rage-quit: Coder unpublished 17 lines of JavaScript and “broke the Internet”

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Technology, Web & Graphic Design News

It all started with a request from the developers of a messaging application to an open source developer to change the name of a library. It ended with JavaScript developers around the world crying out in frustration as hundreds of projects suddenly stopped working—their code failing because of broken dependencies on modules that a developer removed from the repository over a policy dispute.

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