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The daunting challenge of reporting on cyberwar

<b>The US and UK are soon to take part in cyber war games - testing each other out for when the inevitable real cyberwar kicks off.</b><p>It'll be the first time such cooperation will have taken place. An unprecedented arrangement, Downing Street said, to prepare for an unprecedented challenge.<p>One thing's …

Cyber-attacks

North Korean internet is 'toast,' White House officials decline to comment

North Korea's internet broke down Monday following nearly a day of increasing instability, according to North Korea Tech and Dyn Research.<p>The outage comes just days after President Barack Obama promised that the U.S. would respond "proportionally and in a place and time we choose" to a hack attack …

Sony hack: US seeks China's help against North Korea cyber-attacks - report

The US government has reportedly asked China to help block North Korea’s ability to launch cyber-attacks, in the wake of the massive hack of Sony Pictures.<p>Administration officials told the New York Times the sought-for cooperation was one of the first steps toward the “proportional response” …

How the FBI says it connected North Korea to the Sony hack — and why some experts are still skeptical

The FBI on Friday said that North Korea was responsible for the massive hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment. The hack leaked personal employee …

The Largest Cyber Attack In History Has Been Hitting Hong Kong Sites

The intense skirmishes inside Hong Kong’s Occupy Central protests haven’t just taken place on the streets, but online too. The largest cyber attack in history has been carried out against independent media sites in Hong Kong over the past few months, according to the company protecting them, …

Former NSA official: Expect increase in cyberattacks on US government

The possibility of Russian hackers infiltrating White House computers is raising concerns over the reach of cyber spies in the U.S.<p>White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday they had detected some “activity of concern” on their network. “The Administration is continuing to learn all we …

How To: Play Super Nintendo Games on iPhone / iPad in iOS 8 [No Jailbreak]

Craving Super Nintendo games like Super Mario Kart, Super Punch-Out and more on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad running iOS 8 without a jailbreak? …

Retrogaming

China, U.S. to form working group on cyberspying issue

The U.S. and China have agreed to form a working group on cybersecurity, after a recent volley of cyberspying accusations from both sides.<p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced from Beijing that the two countries will ramp up action on cybersecurity, Reuters reported.<p>Cybersecurity "affects …

Forget about the CyberBunker attack—here’s how to take an entire continent offline

At its peak, CyberBunker clogged up a mind-boggling 300 gigabits per second of the Internet in what’s being called the biggest cyber-attack in history. But what if you could switch off 1.28 terabits—four times as much bandwidth—with nothing more high-tech than an axe?<p>That’s what three men tried to …

Cyber-attacks

Congress adds cyber-espionage review for government tech purchases, scrutinizes Chinese products from Lenovo, Huawei

Huawei's having a tougher time getting its network tech into the US, but Congress is apparently looking to shore up its security with other Chinese manufacturers too and has added a new purchase review law for NASA, Justice and Commerce departments of the government. <i>Reuters</i> reports that these …

U.S. Writes Its Worries About Buying IT Gear From China Into Law

The U.S. government officially remains concerned about the possibility of cyber attacks from China. And it has quietly imposed new restrictions on …

Cybersecurity

Spam war caused failure at critical internet exchange center

Exchanges are revising protocols in the wake of this week's devastating DDoS attacks<p>The dust is settling from this week's Dutch DDoS attacks — by some accounts, the largest denial-of-service action ever mounted, channeling 300 gigabits of junk traffic to the web's weakest spots. For the most part, …

Internet slows as historically unprecedented cyber-battle ensues

This week you may well have thought your connection to the internet was slowing down – in fact you would be right, and it’s not just you! According …

Cybersecurity

'Largest' public denial of service attack in internet history linked to European spam dispute

If your internet service has been running slower than usual lately, your cable company may not be the one to blame: a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that began on March 18 against the website of Spamhaus, a European volunteer spam-fighting organization, has increased to the …

The biggest cyber attack in the history of the Internet is happening right now

At this very moment, the largest cyber attack ever declared is emanating from a decommissioned, nuclear-war proof NATO bunker with five foot-thick concrete walls and a reputation for harboring spammers and cybercriminals. It’s all part of a dustup between CyberBunker—so named for the building just …

Cyber-attacks