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Submission + - Massive DDoS, what can I do? 1

An anonymous reader writes: I run a smallish hosting company and one of my customers was recently targeted by a *colossal* denial of service attack (somewhere just south of 3 gigabits per second, and it's going on as I type this message). My ISP has been taken down and supposedly even one of the major networks they peer with is seeing saturation-level traffic.

I'm at a loss here, I don't know what to do. The attack has been going on for three days straight at this point, from various IP's that change so frequently we are unable to null route them. The routers are receiving so much damned traffic that I can't even see where the traffic is coming from.

I'm lost. HELP!

Comment Re:"Raises" questions ? (Score -1) 324

Yeah, no. Unless Microsoft is going to.. say.. Dell, and saying we won't give you a discount on licenses if you install McAfee or Norton as opposed to MSE, this isn't the same thing at all. Go look up what *actually* happened before shooting off your mouth. It wasn't including IE or WMP that got Microsoft in hot water, its the other crap they did to make those dominant.

Comment Misleading. Has nothing to do with antipiracy (Score -1) 111

Okay. Have you ever noticed that when you put a new game in your 360 for the first time, the first thing it does is ask to download an update from MS? Even if you just got the game on launch day? What's happening here is that the kinect software initiates its own firmware upgrade to make sure things work. That's fine, but when you actually load up the game, it tries to contact Microsoft for a non existent update. Can anyone with an xbox tell me what happens if you decline an update? Yup. Booted off of live until you accept it. There's some kind of version mismatching going on here. Nothing quite so tacky as a failed antipiracy method.

Comment Re:Improper Takedown? (Score 0, Insightful) 189

Um... yes it is. Go look at any DMCA request form online (even YouTube's). You have to attest, under penalty of perjury, that you own or hold rights to the work that you're reporting as infringing. The only reason that Universal and the other MafiAA jagoffs can get away with this is because countersuing is long and expensive.

Comment You're kidding, right? (Score 1, Insightful) 2058

That's a load of sh*t and you know it. Why not put out the fire and then bill him for the $75? Having them show up but refuse to put water to flame is just plain mean on a level I don't quite have the words to describe. And they *did* have to show up - to make sure the neighbor's houses didn't burn down. I'd say the FD should be on the hook for the cost of the house, reckless endangerment, and cruelty to animals.

Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee 2058

Dthief writes "From MSNBC: 'Firefighters in rural Tennessee let a home burn to the ground last week because the homeowner hadn't paid a $75 fee. Gene Cranick of Obion County and his family lost all of their possessions in the Sept. 29 fire, along with three dogs and a cat. "They could have been saved if they had put water on it, but they didn't do it," Cranick told MSNBC's Keith Olbermann. The fire started when the Cranicks' grandson was burning trash near the family home. As it grew out of control, the Cranicks called 911, but the fire department from the nearby city of South Fulton would not respond.'"

Submission + - shutdown confirmed to be a hoax (

Karunamon writes: This Sunday, disappeared, replaced with a vague message from its creators about the website’s closure. It read, in part, that “ simply cannot remain in its current form.” People were understandably upset. Good Old Games are a digital distributor of old, DRM-free games, and a well-respected company. People were sad to see them close down... But it turned out they weren’t closing. Tomorrow, the site will re-launch, out of beta with some new features and some new games, but fundamentally unchanged. The closure was a hoax.

Submission + - FCC set to finalize rules for next-gen wireless (

GovTechGuy writes: The FCC's agenda for Thursday include a vote on the final rules for unlicensed devices making use of unused TV spectrum known as "white spaces." Industry and lawmakers have predicted the opening up of the white spaces could result in the biggest leaps forward in wireless technology in the past 25 years. Among the benefits is so-called "WiFi on Steroids" which allows a large number of users within a 50-mile radius to tap into a single high-speed broadband connection for the same price as a traditional WiFi router. The FCC is expected to approve the move, but Google and other companies warn that the devil is in the technical details of the rules.

Submission + - 2011: The Year of the Tablet ( 1

frontwave writes: After the huge success of the iPad, with over 4 million units sold since its introduction, all mayor hardware vendors of PCs and mobile devices are coming with new tablets in the next few months, including Apple with a smaller version of the popular product. Analysts estimate the market for tablet devices (over 6” screen size) to be around 25 million units for 2011.

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Submission + - Linux kernel exploit aggressively rooting machines (

An anonymous reader writes: Running 64-bit Linux? Haven't updated yet? You're probably being rooted as I type this. CVE-2010-3081, this week's second high-profile local root exploit in the Linux kernel, is compromising machines left and right. Almost all 64-bit machines are affected, and "Ac1db1tch3z" (classy) published code to let any local user get a root shell. Ac1db1tch3z's exploit is more malicious than usual because it leaves a backdoor behind for itself to exploit later even if the hole is patched. Luckily, there's a tool you can run to see if you've already been exploited, courtesy of security company Ksplice, which beat most of the Linux vendors with a "rebootless" version of the patch.

Submission + - Rush Limbaugh Falls for Wikipedia Hoax (

Hugh Pickens writes: "The NY Times reports that Rush Limbaugh spent some time last week profiling Judge Vinson who had just announced he would allow a legal challenge to the new health care law to advance to a full hearing informing his listeners that the judge was an avid hunter and amateur taxidermist who once killed three brown bears and mounted their heads over his courtroom door to "instill the fear of God into the accused." Trouble is that the judge has never shot anything other than a water moccasin, is not a taxidermist and, as president of the American Camellia Society, is far more familiar with Camellia reticulata than with Ursus arctos. Someone identified only as "Pensacolian" edited Judge Vinson's Wikipedia entry to include the invented material even footnoting the entry to a supposed story in The Pensacola News Journal. As calls flooded in about Limbaugh's broadcast, Vinson, 70, took it all in stride. "I've never killed a bear," says Vinson, "and I'm not Davy Crockett ""

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