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Submission + - University DDoSed by Its Own IoT Devices (

An anonymous reader writes: An unnamed university has suffered a DDoS attack at the hand of its own IoT devices, according to a sneak preview of Verizon's upcoming yearly data breach report. The DDoS attack was caused by an unnamed IoT malware strain that connected to the university's smart devices, changed their default password, and then launched brute-force attacks to guess the admin credentials of nearby devices.

Investigators said that the hacked devices would then start an abnormally high level of DNS lookups that flooded the university's DNS server, which in turn resulted in the server dropping many DNS requests, including legitimate student traffic. The university's IT team said that many of these rogue DNS requests were related to seafood-related domains. The university said that over 5,000 smart devices had been taken over during this incident. Investigators regained access over hijacked devices after they took the university's network offline and used a script to capture the new admin password, and then rewrite it with their own.

Submission + - Microsoft Delays February Patch Tuesday Indefinitely ( 1

UnderAttack writes: Microsoft today announced that it had to delay its February patch Tuesday due to issues with a particular patch. This was also supposed to be the first patch Tuesday using a new format, which led some to believe that even Microsoft had issues understanding how the new format is exactly going to work with no more simple bulletin summary and patches being released as large monolithic updates.

Submission + - Disney Cuts Ties with PewDiePie, Top YouTube Submitter, After Anti-Semetic Clips (

jo7hs2 writes: Disney's Maker Studios has cut ties PewDiePie, the YouTube submitter with 53 million subscribers, over anti-Semitic clips the submitter released earlier in the year. The clips, three videos published in January, have since been removed from the channel. According to TechCrunch, "They included one skit in which Kjellberg paid a Sri Lanka-based group of men to hold up a sign that read “Death to All Jews,” while another featured a clip of a man dressed as Jesus saying that “Hitler did absolutely nothing wrong.” Kjellberg used freelance job finding site Fiverr for both clips. He argued that he wasn’t serious with either and instead wanted to show the things people will do for money."

Comment Makes sense (Score 1) 636

When you want to continue believing your chosen investment (be it emotional, monetary, or time) in a brand is superior, even when evidence is mounting to the contrary, you have no choice but to abandon logic and attach to faith. That way you can keep believing your choice is right and present confident arguments to support it.

Comment Re:AutoRun was always broken (Score 1) 340

The recent stuxnet virus revealed that even PKI isn't foolproof, as someone issued stuxnet a valid verified realtek signature so that autorun could direct Windows to install the virus as a trusted signed-driver. Even companies that tried to be safe by enforcing policies that only allowed signed-drivers from trusted publishers on their systems were suddenly vulnerable. The next stop in raising the bar is to simply not allow autoruns. Malware authors kill all our fun features. :(

Comment Re:About damn time. (Score 1) 302

Libertarian here as well. I will never be able to look at a government regulation against a product and translate that into the free market and competition at work. Government and free markets (and hence true unfettered competition) are usually exclusive of one another. I would say they are mutually exclusive except there is the rare case that a harmful monopoly needs a check and balance, but I don't see that as the case here.

Comment Most of us are afraid to admit it aloud but... (Score 2) 124

Many IT professionals including myself feel that IPv6 is a joke and is unnecessary in most practical scenarios. Arguments I tend to throw out on face value are "why not IPv6?" and "we're running out of IPv4 addresses". Keep NAT'ing IPv4 until the cows come home - no one except tech geeks will really care if we do.

Submission + - USDA services moving to the Microsoft cloud. (

JoltinJoe77 writes: Not to be outdone by Google, who recently announced an e-mail deal with the GSA, Microsoft is pressing forward with a migration of its own. "The U.S. Department of Agriculture is ready to go live with Microsoft's cloud services. In the next four weeks, the agency will move 120,000 users to Microsoft Online services, including e-mail, Web conferencing, document collaboration, and instant messaging."

Comment One more for the cage (Score 1) 182

All this speculation about iThis and iThat is premature - this could be nothing more than a new foray into the new market known as cloud computing. Big bets suggest there is money to be made, though I'm not sure anyone has figured out the market enough yet to know how to make it. The very young cloud computing space is already crowded with the likes of Amazon, Intuit, Google, Salesforce, Microsoft, and the list goes on. So it looks like here comes one more in Apple for the giant cage match. Like a lot of new areas of competition it will be interesting to see who buys which operation, which ones fail, and who is left standing at the end.

Comment Re:Daddy what's a cassette? (Score 1) 250

I have four young children and almost everything we listen to or watch is stored digitally and instantly available. When they grow up it will be hard for them to imagine having to put anything physical into a unit in order to watch it or listen to it. The main exception is the current generation of game consoles, but I anticipate the next generation of consoles making everything available via download (at least optionally). Heck, with DVR they already struggle to understand if what they want to watch isn't available right this second.

Comment Apple got it, then MS learned it the hard way (Score 2, Insightful) 386

Apple by controlling the OS and hardware out of the starting gate had it right. Microsoft learned it the hard way after years of unsupportable carrier-specific hacks of their Windows Mobile OS, culminating in a much more rigidly defined Windows Mobile 7. Phones that are difficult to upgrade and that cannot run software that runs on other similar phones hurts brand loyalty. If Google wants to retain loyal customers in the mobile market, they are going to have to consolidate these variants and force a single, portable, upgradable OS like Apple and Microsoft are doing.

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