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Submission + - International Authorities Cooperate To Take Down Massive 'Avalanche' Botnet

plover writes: Investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, Eurojust, Europol, and other global partners announced the takedown of a massive botnet named 'Avalanche', estimated to have involved as many as 500,000 infected computers worldwide on a daily basis.

"The global effort to take down this network involved the crucial support of prosecutors and investigators from 30 countries. As a result, five individuals were arrested, 37 premises were searched, and 39 servers were seized. Victims of malware infections were identified in over 180 countries. In addition, 221 servers were put offline through abuse notifications sent to the hosting providers. The operation marks the largest-ever use of sinkholing to combat botnet infrastructures and is unprecedented in its scale, with over 800 000 domains seized, sinkholed or blocked."

Submission + - Not one, not two, but three undersea cables cut in Jersey (cloudflare.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Sometime before midnight Monday (UK local time) a ship dropped its anchor and broke, not one, not two, but three undersea cables serving the island of Jersey in the English Channel. Jersey is part of the Channel Islands along with Guernsey and some smaller islands. These things happen and that’s not a good thing. The cut was reported on the venerable BBC news website. For the telecom operators in Jersey (JT Global) this wasn’t good news. However looking at the traffic from Cloudflare’s point of view; we can see that while the cable cut removed the direct path from London to Jersey, it was replaced by the backup path from Paris to Jersey. The move was 100% under the control of the BGP routing protocol. It's a relief that there's a fallback for when these unpredictable events happen.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2) 139

May I recommend a thermostatic mixing valve? It lets you keep your water heater very hot, but delivers the hot water mixed with cold water at the set point of the valve. You can then run a separate pipe from the water heater to appliances that need the very hot water, such as the dishwasher or washing machine. It also delivers more water than a regular water heater set to a safer temperature like 120F, effectively extending the capacity of a water heater by 20% or more.

I wouldn't recommend you plumb the very hot water directly to the tub, as the risk of scalding would be too great.

Comment Re:Of course they have malware (Score 1) 161

When I set out to help her make it run faster, I didn't anticipate that it would be that difficult, or take that long. I thought I could just uninstall one or two things and she'd be fine; but the machine was running so badly that each thing I uninstalled was followed by an equally slow reboot in hopes that would fix the problem. The worst offender turned out to be the free McAfee "security" suite. Learning that I needed to download a McAfee Consumer Product Removal Tool, wading through their equally frustrating web site to find and download the damn thing, and actually running it took a surprising amount of time.

I actually thought finding all the the right device drivers for the brand new hardware would be so hard as to not be worth the hassle. I was very wrong.

Lesson learned, though. Next time I'm going to pull the "Geek Squad virus repair" trick and just reformat the drive.

Comment Re:Of course they have malware (Score 4, Informative) 161

Ever take a Lenovo Windows 8 machine out of the box? The shovelware that encumbers it boggles the mind. It took me three hours to scrape that crap from my sister's brand new machine. Given the performance of the machine before and after, I'd go to court today and testify it was legitimately infected with malware.

Ironically, for that much work at my rates, Office Depot would be undercharging.

Comment Re:Lots of sugar in a soda (Score 2) 143

Apart from bitter lemon, tonic water, birch beer and energy drinks containing taurine, i can't say I am familiar with any bitter sodas. Lots of them are highly acidic, but not bitter, which is a very distinct flavor from acidic.

Coca-Cola used to be bitter before it was carbonated and sugared, and actually contained coca extract, but that's a long time ago. Perhaps that's what you're thinking of?

Caffeine is quite bitter in raw form. Any soda that it is added to needs extra sugar to overcome the bitterness imparted by the caffeine.


Comment So when does a day start/end? (Score 1) 598

Currently, we switch from one day to another when 0000 local time passes.

However, if everyone starts using UTC, when does the day change? If everyone is using the same time clock, doesn't it make the most sense to do the same with the date increment?

And if you do that, somewhere in the world it's going to be November 8th when you start your workday, but somewhere in the middle will switch to November 9th. And that's just ugly.

I suppose you could de-coordinate the date increment from 0000 -- but if you're going to keep the date change coupled with the local concept of "midnight", why bother de-coupling 0000 from midnight in the first place?

Please put this back onto the bad idea pile for disposal. Thank-you.


Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 598

Thank you. So i should set my computer's BIOS to UTC and then offset by 8 hours(West coast USA) What about mobiles? They pretty much exclusively rely on network time Protocol (NTP) of some form. What about non-cellular tablets? How do they get time? From Google/Apple?

iOS and android mobiles use Unix time as their internal time representations, and Unix time is defined based on UTC. NTP also transmits time in UTC. This is actually the default for most OSs these days; last I checked Windows was the only remaining outlier in this regard (not sure if this has changed in the last few releases or not).

I'm not sure about Android, but on iOS there is an option to set time automatically via NTP against an Apple NTP server (time.apple.com).


Comment Re:Here are some ways... (Score 1) 177

Running your own DNS server will protect you from most internet garbage.

Why is this? DNS just resolves IPs, do ISP DNS get hacked and redirected all the time?

While that could happen, I think it's more of an issue of it being possible for your DNS provider to log all queries, and then have the ability to filter on IP address o get a list of every website (or other named service) you've visited .


Comment That was kind of the point (Score 4, Insightful) 457

Heinlein didn't picture a "Service guarantees citizenship" society just to have it whitewashed away by today's PC standards. Any reboot that ignores the societal aspects may as well be filmed by Michael Bay, and just go straight to CGI exploding aliens; it won't be true to the book in any way.

Comment Re:Neat that it's possible, but insignificant (Score 1) 181

You're entirely missing the point. Sewage comes out of EVERY part of the country. Local micro-refinery stations (not entirely unlike local water treatment generally) could be turning that into a usable product with less effort than paying foreign despots to ship it to you from around the world, obviously.

Unfortunately, today's crude oil refineries are physically big, ugly plants that produce nasty smelling (and toxic) pollution. Boiling liquefied crude is already bad enough; imagine boiling sewage (hint: amplify the smell of a feedlot and picture it traveling about 10 miles along the ground.) Fractionating towers for petroleum are tall, ugly beasts because they need to be; they have to be on a large area, with lots of storage tanks, and they need round the clock lighting and security. Nothing about them is appealing, nobody would let you build one in their back yard. There's a reason nobody's built a new oil refinery in the last 30 years.

I can imagine that an existing refinery could retrofitted to handle the material; but I can't imagine that they could build micro-refineries near cities.

Comment Present in Webkit, but never Safari (Score 1) 104

AFAIK, while Webkit has an implementation of the Battery Status API, Apple always specifically disabled it in their Safari builds.

From what I can see, the only browsers affected by it currently are Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. Microsoft and Apple had enough wisdom to stay away from this API in their shipping browsers.


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