Around the IT Industry 3/25-3/30

by Modis on March 29, 2013

The DDoS Attack That Didn’t Shut Down the Internet

Though the BBC and the New York Times reported that a massive 300 Gbps DDoS attack against European firm Spamhaus was slowing down Internet traffic worldwide, Gizmodo dug a little deeper to for evidence into the supposed worldwide consequences. What they discovered was that the disruption was localized, and that much of the fuss about widespread implications for future cyberattacks was kicked up as PR for CloudFlare, the DDoS mitigation firm hired by Spamhaus to deal with their problem.

CIAPC Becomes the Very Thing They Detest By Pirating Pirate Bay

The anti-piracy group CIAPC, also known as TTVK, switched tactics from confiscating laptops from 9-year-olds to stealing code from The Pirate Bay to make their own campaign site. There are differing claims of how this pirating the pirates campaign has affected TPB’s traffic, with CIAPC claiming they achieved an 81% reduction in traffic from Finland, but other suggesting Finnish torrenters have switched to accessing TPB via proxy sites.

Your Real Time Chats Aren’t Being Monitored by the FBI… Yet

Though the legislation isn’t available yet, the FBI says they will be able to monitor person-to-person Internet chats (i.e. instant messages to and from your spouse or friends) in real time by 2014. Currently, the FBI only has access to archived messages and data, but their goal by the end of the year is to gain the ability to monitor real-time chat with a court order. Other countries have already enacted similar legislation that allows easier pursuit of cyberterrorists.

Yahoo Makes 17-Year-Old App Designer a Millionaire

Nick D’Aloisio, age 17, may have just become the most popular kid in his school after his smartphone app Summly was sold to Yahoo for $30 million. Summly is a news app that boils down news to only 400 characters to fit onto a single smartphone screen for news at a glance. Though the app makes newspaper publishers more than a little unhappy, busy smartphone users. Yahoo hopes that Summly will help position them better in the mobile market.

You Can’t Patent Math, Judge Rules

A patent claim filed by Uniloc USA against Rackspace has been tossed out by Eastern District Chief Judge Leonard Davis. The patent in question had to do with the processing of floating point numbers used by Rackspace in the Linux OS. But U.S. Supreme Court case law prohibits patents on mathematical algorithms, and this particular dismissal may provide precedent for future patent claims.


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