Yahoo Is Sued for Gross Negligence Over Huge Hacking — Fortune

Yahoo was sued on Friday by a user who accused it of gross negligence over a massive 2014 hacking in which information was stolen from at least 500 million accounts. The lawsuit was filed in the federal court in San Jose, California, one day after Yahoo disclosed the hacking, unprecedented in size, by what it…

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Two un-named mining companies hired Chinese to survey New Britain Trench — Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Golden task for vessel’s maiden trip Echo Yang | Shanghai Daily | September 24, 2016 CHINA’S first privately funded oceanic research vessel “Zhang Jian” returned to Shanghai yesterday after its maiden voyage off the coast of Papua New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean. Hired by two mining companies in Papua New Guinea, the ship carried […]

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Massive web attack hits security blogger

Source: BBC

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One of the biggest web attacks ever seen has been aimed at a security blogger after he exposed hackers who carry out such attacks for cash.

The distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack was aimed at the website of industry expert Brian Krebs.

At its peak, the attack aimed 620 gigabits of data a second at the site.

Text found in attack data packets suggested it was mounted to protest against Mr Krebs’ work to uncover who was behind a prolific DDoS attack.

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In a blogpost, Mr Krebs detailed the attack, which began late on Tuesday night and quickly ramped up to its peak attack rate.

DDoS attacks are typically carried out to knock a site offline – but Mr Krebs’ site stayed online thanks to work by security engineers, who said the amount of data used was nearly twice the size of the largest attack they had ever seen.

“It was among the biggest assaults the internet has ever witnessed,” added Mr Krebs.

Security firm Akamai said the attack generated such a huge volume of data by exploiting weak or default passwords in widely used net-connected cameras, routers and digital video recorders. Once in control of these “smart” devices the attackers used them to swamp the site with data requests.

“These new internet-accessible devices can bring great benefits, but they are also an increasingly easy and lucrative targets for cybercriminals,” said Nick Shaw from security firm Symantec.

The security firm has carried out research which shows swift growth in the number of malware families scouring the net for vulnerable devices. Typically, said Mr Shaw, malicious hackers who take over gadgets are not interested in stealing personal data.

“Cybercriminals are interested in cheap bandwidth to enable bigger attacks,” he said.

Mr Krebs speculated that the attack could have been prompted by an article he published, in early September, that named two young men allegedly associated with a service called vDos that carried out DDoS attacks for cash.

Soon after the article was published, Israeli police arrested the two men named by Mr Krebs. Released on bail, the pair were barred from using the net for 30 days.

Buried inside many of the data packets despatched towards Mr Krebs’ site was text calling for the release of one of the men named in that article.

“I can’t say for sure, but it seems likely (to be) related,” said Mr Krebs.

SpaceX investigation suggests helium breach caused its Falcon 9 explosion — TechCrunch

SpaceX has a few answers about what might have caused the explosion of one of its Falcon 9 explosion on September 1. The rocket blew up while going through pre-launch prep on a landing pad, and no one was injured, but SpaceX has had some difficulty figuring out the cause, and shared very little info…

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$129 Google WiFi router that can team up with others tipped for Oct 4 — TechCrunch

Google will build upon its OnHub strategy with a new simple Wi-Fi router for the home, according to a new report from Android Police. Dubbed simply Google WiFi, It will cost $129, the site reports, and will debut at an event Google has announced for October 4, where many suspect the search giant will reveal its…

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SpaceX Reveals Why Its Rocket Exploded — Fortune

(Reuters) – A SpaceX rocket that burst into flames on its launch pad early this month likely suffered a large breach in its upper-stage helium tank, the company said on Friday. SpaceX, owned and operated by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, was fueling a Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad in Florida on Sept. 1…

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Some Furious Yahoo Users Close Accounts After Data Breach — Fortune

(Reuters) – Many Yahoo users rushed on Friday to close accounts, some of which they had not used in years, after the internet company announced it suffered one of the world’s largest cyber breaches. After Yahoo disclosed on Thursday that hackers had accessed the encrypted passwords and personal details of more than 500 million accounts…

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These 5 Facts Explain Why India and Pakistan’s Kashmir Dispute Is Going to Get Worse — TIME

Kashmir is on fire again, after militants killed 18 Indian soldiers in an early morning raid on Sept. 18. These five facts explain why the conflict over this long-disputed region between India and Pakistan is such a deep-seated problem, and why it’s likely to get worse before it gets better. 1. Clashes Over Kashmir A…

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Trump Advisor Under Investigation for Russia Ties: Report — Foreign Policy

Amid investigation of Trump advisers’ alleged promises to Moscow, his GOP boosters stay mum.

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Lenovo, Intel, and PayPal Team On Fingerprinting Tech For Online Payments — Fortune

Paying for what you buy online through your personal computer may one day involve fingerprints instead of passwords. Lenovo, Intel intc , PayPal pypl , and electronics-company Synaptics said Friday that they are collaborating on new technology that would let people use their fingerprints to verify their identities when using online payment services like PayPal.…

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