#440 December 09, 2015 – Attack on DNS Root Servers

This week’s headline story: Attack on DNS Root Servers

Early last week, one of the most vital organs of the Internet anatomy came under an unusual attack. On two separate occasions lasting an hour or more each, a flood of as many as many as five million queries per second hit multiple domain name system root servers. These DNS Root Servers that act as the final and authoritative reference for determining which IP address is returned when a user types a domain name into a browser. “This event was notable for the fact that source addresses were widely and evenly distributed, while the query name was not,” an advisory published Friday noted. A large botnet of infected computers or other Internet-connected devices is the most plausible explanation for such an attack. That would explain how the attack occurred, but it doesn’t shed any light on why it was carried out. It would appear as though some individual or group is testing the strength of the Internet’s foundation.

Other Headline News…

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  • New Tiny Wireless Temperature Sensor Could Power IoT [NewsFactor]
    A new tiny wireless temperature sensor chip that can power itself using only the energy transmitted by a Wi-Fi signal could have a major impact on the Internet of Things and mobile technology in general. The chip, which is about the size of a grain of sand, could be embedded in objects, and painted onto walls, to deliver detailed, real-time temperature data to fuel a wide variety of applications.

in Information Security News…

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and in Tech Industry news…

  • IDC Predicts First Smartphone Industry Downturn [NewsFactor]
    According to market research firm IDC, for the first time ever, the global smartphone market is posting a single-digit growth year. And that’s not the worst of the bad news for smartphone makers. That slowing growth is going to get even slower through 2019, where it will reach negative growth here in the U.S. Some are blaming the new equipment installment plans being offered by carriers in the U.S. It would appear that without two-year contracts, many are willing to keep their old cell phones longer.
  • Samsung Grudgingly Agrees to Write Apple a $548M Check [Ecommerce Times]
    After five years of court battles, Samsung and Apple have filed a court document indicating the companies have come to an agreement. Samsung will pay Apple US$548 million toward partial resolution of an epic legal dispute. At the heart of the conflict were Apple’s allegations that Samsung effectively had stolen the technology behind certain key iPhone features for its own competing devices.
  • Macs replacing PCs across enterprise at ‘unprecedented rate’, survey claims [Computerworld]
    JAMF Software’s second annual global survey of IT pros shows Macs, iPhones and iPads are seeing rapidly increasing adoption among enterprise users. Nearly all enterprise IT professionals say that their internal teams support Mac (96 percent), iPad (81 percent), and iPhone (84 percent).
  • Google Eyes Chicago, LA for High-Speed Fiber [NewsFactor]
    Chicago and Los Angeles may be the next cities to get Google Fiber. The company has invited both cities to consider participating in its high-speed networking initiative. If they agree, Chicago and LA would become the largest U.S. cities to date to see the company roll out gigabit-per-second connectivity within their borders.
  • Apple Rolls Out Smart iPhone Battery Case [NewsFactor]
    Apple has released a new Smart iPhone Battery Case, which when wrapped around your iPhone can extend battery life to as much as 18 to 25 hours. The new case costs $99 in the Apple Store.

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