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+ - DynDNS under DDoS attack->

Submitted by mattrwilliams
mattrwilliams writes: DynDNS is currently experiencing a DDoS attack. According to their website: "Beginning at 1520 UTC, we are experiencing a DDoS against the Standard DNS nameservers. Customers may be seeing overall decreased performance during this time.

During this time, zones who update via DNS transfers (AXFR) will not be up to date.

As of 1700 UTC, some Dyn Standard DNS nameservers are back online. Dyn Operations staff continue to work to restore full connectivity to all Dyn Standard DNS nameservers."

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Comment: Re:Under $100? More like under $30 (Score 1) 270

by mattrwilliams (#36597192) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Mobile Data In Canada For a US Citizen?
I have both Wind and Mobilicity accounts (multiple devices for testing) and am very happy. However, keep in mind that both offer only 3G services on the AWS frequency band (same as T-Mobile). You can not use these data plans on non 3G AWS devices (no GPRS/Edge or "standard" frequencies at all).

+ - Personal electronics may indeed disrupt avionics->

Submitted by mattrwilliams
mattrwilliams writes: There is a growing body of anecdotal evidence that points to personal electronics being a real issue on board planes. Dave Carson of Boeing, the co-chair of a federal advisory committee that investigated the problem of electronic interference from portable devices, says that PEDs radiate signals that can hit and disrupt highly sensitive electronic sensors hidden in the plane's passenger area, including those for an instrument landing system used in bad weather.
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Comment: Re:People stopped using Telnet? (Score 1) 238

by mattrwilliams (#35021458) Attached to: Hackers Bringing Telnet Back

Simple 3-way handshake and boom, datastream.

Actually, that isn't quite true.

After the TCP handshake, Telnet will negotiate options related to the session (see the command structure defined in RFC 854). These are done with high byte values (240 through 255) and control things like local echo. If the service you are talking to doesn't correctly ignore these sequences, then they can corrupt the data stream.

netcat is generally a better choice for connecting to generic services that use ASCII command sets.

Comment: Re:Two very different things (Score 1) 305

by mattrwilliams (#34972252) Attached to: British ISPs Embracing Two-Tier Internet

I think absolutely, ISP's should be allowed to provide faster bandwidth for sites where companies have agreed to pay for delivering content to the consumer at faster transfer rates.

Without adding additional resources (which cost a lot of money), this can only be done by slowing down other traffic. Although blocking is unlikely, slowing down other traffic can make these services unusable, without actually "blocking" that traffic (think 1 frame per second YouTube). This will force the other services to also pay for the fast lane but only the largest sites will be able to afford this.

Say goodbye to new innovative services, especially those that compete with the business models of existing media conglomerates. Free or low-cost services like Skype, Facetime, etc. whose business models depend on equitable sharing of bandwidth will no longer be able to survive in their current form (think monthly fees, no free version). Anything not blessed by the big guys won't have a chance. An example of a big guy in the US: the new Comcast after the upcoming merger.

Yes, it is possible that an ISP could add new resources ($$$) so that the other traffic is not slowed, but think of the business case. In my example, the only cost is some DPI to classify the traffic and you get much more revenue by charging everyone who can afford it more money.

Lower cost + higher revenue + control = BINGO!

Comment: Re:They now need a "pee fee" - not what you think (Score 1) 888

by mattrwilliams (#30570390) Attached to: TSA Wants You To Keep Your Seat, and Your Hands In Sight
It's worse than you think. If we are all told to stay in our seats 60 minutes before the expected landing time and then the plane is put into a 30 minute hold by ATC (due to weather, traffic congestion, etc.), and then another 30 minute hold, and so on, then it can easily become 2 hours or more that a planeload of passengers aren't allowed to go to the washroom. Result: a lot of wet seats and "pissed" off passengers.
Hardware Hacking

Huge Credit Fraud Ring Sends Europeans' Data To Pakistan 166

Posted by timothy
from the we-keep-our-biggest-credit-thieves-in-d.c. dept.
marshotel excerpts from a story at the Wall Street Journal: "European law-enforcement officials uncovered a highly sophisticated credit-card fraud ring that funnels account data to Pakistan from hundreds of grocery-store card machines across Europe, according to U.S. intelligence officials and other people familiar with the case. Specialists say the theft technology is the most advanced they have seen, and a person close to British law enforcement said it has affected big retailers including a British unit of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Tesco Ltd."
Businesses

Enterprise Software Sales Dried Up In September 173

Posted by kdawson
from the surprise-surprise dept.
CurtMonash writes "As I predicted a week ago, it looks as if the third quarter was ugly for software vendors, due to the economic crisis. SAP said 'The market developments of the past several weeks have been dramatic and worrying to many businesses. These concerns triggered a very sudden and unexpected drop in business activity at the end of the quarter.' My old acquaintance John Treadway, who used to work in Sybase's financial services vertical unit, reports that things are even worse than that in the financial services industry, Wall Street and retail banks alike. So now what? Well, IT is a huge part of capital spending, and at enterprises that have to cut back capital spending, IT is going to get hurt. On the other hand, high-growth companies — Web businesses, analytic services providers, etc. — may try to power through the downturn. And the more directly an IT project affects near-term profits, the more likely it is to survive."

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