Around the IT Industry 9/30-10/4

by Modis on October 4, 2013

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100-Gigabit Attack: One of the Internet’s Largest Attacks Ever

Last week, what is one of the largest Internet attack ever, was launched against a victim who has chosen to remain anonymous. The attack lasted nine hours, and at its peak, unleashed an astounding 100 Gigabits of traffic. Amazingly enough, thanks to the cloud security service, Incapsula, the website was able to withstand the entire attack. No one other than the hosting company knew what was going on. The attack did not use any amplification services, meaning whoever unleashed it had access to that amount of bandwidth on their own—something that’s not affordable, or readily available.

Fiber Optic Internet’s Heading to Austin…And it’s not Google

In a plan to rival Google’s high-speed fiber optic Internet, AT&T has now announced they will enter the market. On the heels of Google’s announcement that Austin will be the second city to receive the super high-speed Internet connection, AT&T spoke up and said it too, will offer service to some residents in the Austin area, starting in December. Customers will at first only get 300Mbps speeds, but will be upgraded to 1gigabit connection within the next year. Pricing information has not been released, though it is expected to be offered as part of a television package.

Touch ID Possible in Fifth-Generation iPad

The Unbox Therapy YouTube Channel has released a new video, exploring the possibility of a Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the fifth-generation iPad. The video shows the suspected design of the front panel of the fifth-generation iPad compared to a home button with a fingerprint sensor removed from the iPhone 5s and a home button removed from a standard iPhone. While the home button doesn’t appear to fit in the casing, the fingerprint sensor does. There are no guarantees, since the new iPad will likely model the iPad Mini’s design, but it does look promising.

NSA: Searching Social Networks, Not Building Dossiers

The National Security Administration’s (NSA) director, Keith Alexander, said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that all the agency’s actions are proper and undergo an internal audit. Though they do search social networks in an attempt to gain intelligence on terrorist activity, the information is not being used to build personal files on Americans. He claims the New York Times Report on their activities, reporting the NSA was exploiting personal data, including bank, flight, and voting records, along with GPS location, is “inaccurate and wrong.”

Wearable Intelligent Glasses Translate Text Unveiled at Ceatec 2013

Major Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo has debuted wearable intelligent glasses. These glasses can project an image of translated text over unfamiliar characters. The glasses also allow the wearer to look at and manipulate virtual imagery.  The glasses were demonstrated at Ceatec 2013, a Japanese consumer electronics show. The company believes they could become a boon to tourists, showing text in the wearer’s first language. In other words, an American wearing these glasses in Japan would never have to learn to read the language—the glasses would do it for them.

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