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“Nation States May Be Plotting Internet Takedown, Warns Cybersec Pro” plus 1 more TechNewsWorld

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“Nation States May Be Plotting Internet Takedown, Warns Cybersec Pro” plus 1 more TechNewsWorld


Nation States May Be Plotting Internet Takedown, Warns Cybersec Pro

Posted: 14 Sep 2016 03:23 PM PDT

Unknown attackers have been testing the defenses of companies that run critical parts of the Internet, possibly to figure out how to take them down, cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier warned Tuesday. Large nation states -- perhaps China or Russia -- are the likely culprits, he suggested. "Nation state actors are going to probe to find weaknesses in all of our technologies," said Travis Smith, senior security research engineer at Tripwire. They "want to know what can be done not only in the event of a cyberwar but a kinetic war as well."

Attack-for-Hire Teens Collared in Israel

Posted: 14 Sep 2016 05:00 AM PDT

At the FBI's request, Israeli authorities last week arrested two teens for operating vDOS, a DDoS-for-hire service that raked in more than half a million dollars in two years. DDoS attacks flood websites with garbage data in order to disrupt their operation and deny users access. The pair were questioned and released after posting bond of about $10,000 each. In addition, the duo's passports were seized, they were placed under house arrest for 10 days, and they were barred from using the Internet or any telecommunications equipment for 30 days.

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