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DigiNotar Breach Notes

Some folk have asked me for more details about the DigiNotar breach after my brief appearance on Al Jazeera this morning. So here are the notes I prepared for the segment. Links at the bottom. Background web security certificates are digital IDs issued by companies entrusted with making sure they are given to the right company or organisation. It allows a user to set up a secure connection between their computer and the organisation’s website. Browsers will show a little lock or some other icon to signify the certificate has been found and is trusted. Hackers broke into a Dutch company called DigiNotar, itself ownedContinue readingDigiNotar Breach Notes

News: Spam Warfare, Dutch Style

If you wonder why people don’t just go after spammers, vigilante-style, here’s why. Three Dutch blogging websites launched an online war against a U.S. spammer, Customerblast.com late last week, and found they’d bitten off more than they could chew. The weblogs, according to The Register, tried to push Customerblast off the web with sustained distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks (basically trying to overload their system with requests for data).   Customerblast fought back. On Friday, all three weblogs were inundated with mail bombs, floods and DDOS attacks, forcing them to go offline temporarily. Late Friday afternoon, the weblogs began a second attack. By MondayContinue readingNews: Spam Warfare, Dutch Style

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