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Major internet problems reported after cyberattack on Dyn

Mashable, 21 Oct 2016 – Sites across the internet had problems on Friday morning following a cyberattack on a major internet management company. On Friday morning, Dyn — a company that hosts domain name systems — announced it has been the subject of a cyberattack that caused major problems for numerous websites. People reported issues with Twitter, Spotify, SoundCloud, Vox Media sites, Airbnb and numerous other sites. [More]

Hacker-Proof Code Confirmed

Quanta, 20 Sep 2016 – In the summer of 2015 a team of hackers attempted to take control of an unmanned military helicopter known as Little Bird. Even though the Red Team was given six weeks with the drone and more access to its computing network than genuine bad actors could ever expect to attain, they failed to crack Little Bird’s defenses. [More]

Cyber Gridlock

IEEE Insight, 20 Sep 2016 – What are the chances of a cyberattack shutting down one of the three North American electrical power grids? Or even part of one? There are those who think it about as likely as was deemed the unthinkable attack on Pearl Harbor, while others strongly believe it is not a matter of if, but rather when. And what would be the consequences? In our large cities and even their suburbs, initial discomfort could quickly grow to a general panic as supplies of food, water, medicine, and gasoline are exhausted. Because of the interconnectedness of local power companies in each of the national grids, the notion of an entire grid being affected is not beyond consideration. [More]

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July 31, 2013 at 12:13 PM

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