Jen breaks the Internet
The Internet is currently slowed down because of a massive DDoS attack against one anti-spam organization. At least this is the story being reported everywhere, from the New York Times to The Guardian. Or is it?
Spamhaus is a non-profit organisation dedicated to fighting unsolicited communications by maintaining [...]
Privacy is dead. There is no such thing as privacy. We are all under constant, unending, crushing surveillance.
Depressed? You should be. This is the powerful conclusion reached by security guru Bruce Schneier in this brilliant op-ed for CNN. Schneier writes:
“The Internet is a surveillance state. Whether we admit it to ourselves or [...]
Continuing on the series on Internet centrality, an important element of the argument that the web is greatly centralised rests on the fact that the Web’s architecture is becoming less distributed with time. The push towards the cloud has been translated into fewer name servers, and fewer hosting choices.
Pingdom, a company dedicated to monitoring [...]
There’s a storm coming
Earlier today, the caching and security service provider CloudFlare went down, taking with it more than 700 thousand websites for over an hour (including our very own SCRIPTed journal). While downtime is to be expected even in the ever-connected world, what piqued my interest about this event is the nature [...]
The High Court of England and Wales has produced another blocking order for UK Internet service providers (ISPs) against three torrent sites. The action was brought by the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI) against the main UK ISPs in order to obtain a blocking order against three torrent indexing sites, namely KAT, H33T, and Fenopy.
Defacing a website is an act of protest
The Cold War is long over. Or is it? Slowly, a new conflict is brewing in the frontiers of cyberspace between armies of hackers deployed to inject viruses in enemy systems and disrupt a country’s economy before a shot has ever been fired. Or so the [...]
Anyone familiar with my recent rants on the subject of Internet regulation may have noticed that I have been slightly obsessed with the subject of network centrality. The Internet is supposed to be a distributed architecture, designed to withstand large-scale attacks. The decentralised nature of the Web allows for systems to be taken out, while [...]
TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard is a newly released documentary which follows Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm, three of the founders of the Pirate Bay, through the trial, conviction and appeals process that made them famous. I sat down to watch the documentary expecting a dry blow-by-blow account of [...]
Still waiting for an orc raid on Stormwind’s Bank
It feels like 2007 all over again. There seems to be a resurgence in articles and blog posts seriously discussing the subject of virtual property and the virtual economy, something that was very familiar in the tech press around the time of Second [...]