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Submission + - Cloud DDoS Mitigation Services Can Be Bypassed by Aiming Attacks at Website's IP ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: A recent research paper shows that most Cloud-Based Security Providers (CBSP) are ineffective in protecting websites from DDoS attacks, mainly because they cannot entirely hide the origin website's IP address from attackers. As five security researchers from Belgium and the US are claiming, there are eight methods through which these mitigations services can be bypassed. The 8 techniques of obtaining a website's origin IP address rely on hackers searching through historical Web traffic databases, in DNS records, subdomains that resolve to the main domain directly, the site's own source code, when the main website triggers outbound connections, via SSL certificates, via sensitive files hosted on the website's server, and during migration or maintenance operations on the mitigation service itself, which leaves the target website temporarily exposed.

Submission + - Linus: "2016 Will Be the Year of the ARM Laptop" (

jones_supa writes: Linus Torvalds took the stage at the latest LinuxCon 2015 that took place in Dublin, Ireland, and talked about a number of things, including security and the future for Linux on ARM hardware. There is nothing that will blow your mind, but there are a couple of interesting statements nonetheless. Chromebooks are slowly taking over the world and a large number of those Chromebooks are powered by ARM processors. "I'm happy to see that ARM is making progress. One of these days, I will actually have a machine with ARM. They said it would be this year, but maybe it'll be next year. 2016 will be the year of the ARM laptop," said Linus excitedly. He also explained that one of the problems now is actually finding people to maintain Linux. It's not a glorious job, and it usually entails answering emails seven days a week. Finding someone with the proper set of skills and the time to do this job is difficult.

Comment Re:A perfect example of why tech is cyclical.... (Score 1) 94

This. I've had 15/2 for almost 7 years. They *just* started offering 50/5 here it's getting installed today. With about 20 devices (iDevices for kids, laptops, TVs, FireTVs, GoogleTVs, etc.), it's about time. On the business side that same 15/2 used to cost $60/mp. Now it costs $299/mo. I think Time Warner Cable Business Class is trying to fatten up their bottom line before the Charter deal goes through.

Comment Re:record + email (Score 2) 115

OP could create a YouTube channel. If you make the videos private (i.e. only your login to YouTube can see them) and then have your kids use the same login you'll be the only ones that can see the videos. You can also publish the video but make them "unlisted" which anyone could technically find but they'd need to figure out the link.

Submission + - Adblock Plus 1.0 for iOS Released (

unencode200x writes: Adblock for iOS was finally approved by Apple and released to the App Store today. This in on the heels of the recent and much-discussed controversy with the first ad blocker in the App Store. Will Adblock Plus face new problems now that the web advertising industry, including Google, is working to circumvent ad blockers especially on mobile?

Comment When the Chinese Announce They're Going (Score 1) 684

The US will go to Mars when the Chinese or some other country decides to go. Personally, I think it would be a huge leap for our civilization to step foot on another planet. It opens the Universe to us, inspires our children, creates new technologies, new industries, jobs, brings advanced manufacturing to the US, and so much more. It's not just "a cost."

Comment Mobile Ads (Score 4, Informative) 46

The mobile ads are really bad on iPhone. Scrolling through the main page results in an accidental click even with my average sized fingers. The box at the bottom of the screen (with the tiny little "Hide" tab) is almost impossible to get rid of and covers content.

It's so bad I rarely read on mobile anymore even though I want to (I've read /. since 2000 at least and I only read three sites). I've started reading other sites. Or I've looked for an ad-blocking browser for iPhone. Please take this point into consideration.

These aren't good for your consumers or for the people advertising as they're paying for an accidental click. Does a paid account eliminate this?

Comment Re:Tough environments (Score 1) 168

Wow, that would be scary.

I remember one time about 10 years ago we got a handful of new HP servers in and were going through the burn-in process. Quite literally, apparently, as one of them had a RAID controller who's capacitors exploded quite violently setting off fire alarms and making us run for fire extinguishers when when we fired it up. (pun intended..).

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen