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Silence of the WANs: FBI DDoS-for-hire greaseball takedowns slash web flood attacks ‘by 11%’

Silence of the WANs: FBI DDoS-for-hire greaseball takedowns slash web flood attacks ‘by 11%’

Fed bust of massive attack network caused traffic loads to plummet in Q4 The FBI’s takedown of a group of prolific DDoS-for-hire websites has single-handedly helped to drop attack levels globally. This is according to a report (registration required) from distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) mitigation provider NexusGuard, who say that both the overall number of attacks and...

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Wondering why ‘Devin Nunes herp-face’ was trending online? Here’s the 411: House rep sues Twitter for all the rude stuff tweeted about him

Wondering why ‘Devin Nunes herp-face’ was trending online? Here’s the 411: House rep sues Twitter for all the rude stuff tweeted about him

Congresscritter seeks $250m for ‘defamation, neglience’ A US congressman is getting a crash course in the Streisand Effect after filing a lawsuit this week against Twitter and a handful of his harshest critics on the antisocial network. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) seeks a $250m payout from the micro-blogging site, and three tweeters who lampooned him...

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Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups

The ‘VF’ now stands for ‘virtually f*cked’ Secure email service VFEmail became neither of those things after a hacker managed to wipe nearly every server powering the site earlier this week. VFEmail admins confirmed the news on Monday in a grim red-letter update posted to the site’s front page. The service’s founder Rick Romero confirmed...

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What’s big, blue, and short on Intel? The supercomputer world’s podium: USA tops Top500 with IBM Power9

Arm gets a look-in with first petascale machine, China slips into third IBM can now officially claim to have built the world’s two most publicly known powerful supercomputers. The Big Blue-powered 144 PFLOPS Summit and 95 PFLOPS Sierra systems took the top two spots, first and second respectively, in the biannual Top500 supercomputing list, beating...

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Scare Force: Pakistan military hit by Operation Shaheen malware

State-sponsored attack looks to infiltrate nuclear Air Force The Pakistan Air Force is the apparent target of a complex new state-sponsored attack campaign. Security house Cylance says a state-sponsored group – dubbed the White Company by researchers – has been looking to get into the networks of the Pakistani military in a long-term targeted attack...