Monthly Archives: March 2013

Cyberattack Affected You? Blame Your ISP

Can’t get much to load today. This seems like another angle on my previous reblog. I will look at this later.

Plato on-line

The Huge Cyberattack that Slowed Down the Web
Yesterday morning, I noticed that my browser kept freezing. Also, it was almost an hour, yet one website I’m trying to curate on was still frozen. I checked for malicious activities but there was none. That made me madder because I thought my laptop was naturally dying! After about 4 hours, all went back to normal (whew) and I discovered the cause of the problem.

ISPs failed to patch a simple security vulnerability that magnified the attack
‘The big problem here, as you’ve probably already figured out, is that so many network operators have left their DNS resolvers open. It’s fairly trivial to configure resolvers to filter out and ignore forged requests, but relatively few network operators have done so. The Open DNS Resolver Project, an Internet community initiative aimed at blocking this vulnerability, has catalogued more than 25 million open DNS…

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Internet slowed by cyber attack on spam blocker

Creepy. I dunno what to think about such things. Thought it was just me.

the Net economy

Reuters – Spamhaus, a London and Geneva-based non-profit group which helps weed out unsolicited “spam” messages for email providers, said it had been subjected to “distributed denial of service” (DDoS) attacks on an unprecedented scale for more than a week.

“Based on the reported scale of the attack, which was evaluated at 300 Gigabits per second, we can confirm that this is one of the largest DDoS operations to date,” online security firm Kaspersky Lab said in a statement. more>


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How to regulate cloud computing?

Brief, thoughtful post.

the Net economy – If you do want to put personal data in the cloud, ask yourself, and your vendor, the following:

  • assess the nature of your data and its sensitivity, consider public perception – how would the storage of medical data in the cloud be perceived?
  • would the cloud vendor’s security meet European law requirements?
  • where would the data be stored?
  • do you have rights to audit the services?
  • will the cloud vendor provide back-ups, disaster recovery and business continuity procedures?
  • how will you secure the return of your data at the end of the contract?



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It Can Happen Here: The Confiscation Scheme Planned for US and UK Depositors by Ellen Brown

I was able to load and read into this very long and very depressing article. Yeah, it’s depressing, but important.

Dandelion Salad

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
March 28, 2013

Confiscating the customer deposits in Cyprus banks, it seems, was not a one-off, desperate idea of a few Eurozone “troika” officials scrambling to salvage their balance sheets. A joint paper by the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Bank of England dated December 10, 2012, shows that these plans have been long in the making; that they originated with the G20 Financial Stability Board in Basel, Switzerland (discussed earlier here); and that the result will be to deliver clear title to the banks of depositor funds.  

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This Day in Q105 Music History: Johann Hölzel Becomes First German Speaking Artist To Hit #1 In 1986

Posting to spite my slow computer. Ps. I love Falco. May he rest in peace.

The U.S. military’s miracle scanner

Reblogging this because my computer is so bogged-down slow today, I didn’t want to take time for the article to load. Sounds like a very important invention. Maybe I’ll find out by reading.

Anger grows against Obama after signing of Monsanto Protection Act

Sharing this because I can’t take time to read it right now. 🙂 I sorta wish I had a better system for saving such things.

Is Reddit broken?

Interesting to me. I didn’t read all of it yet, so I’m reposting it for when I’m ready to finish it. 🙂

There Is Nothing Better (Note from Vicki: This Blog touched my Soul)

There Is Nothing Better.

I’m sipping coffee, trying to arise from the vise of my recently-become-customary, a.m. headache. I have cause to look forward to today, but I won’t say why.  (To do so would be like going out without my housecoat to retrieve the morning paper.) But I love to feel the love this morning. Love to share some love with you in the form of this reblog.

Madeline Kahn “I’m Tired” from Blazing Saddles

I identify with her . . . but it’s mostly my sinus infection. Mostly.