DDoS Attacks Getting Bigger Than Ever
Headlining today’s show comes news from CloudFlare’s CEO confirming the biggest Distributed Denial of Service attacks in Internet history. On Monday he tweeted about one of their confidential clients getting hit hard with a DDOS attack that utilized Internet Time servers to rain down a shower of traffic on one unsuspecting target.
These sorts of attacks generally occur when hackers gain access to a whole host of zombie machines and then either point them all at a target, or use them to spoof their target and request a bunch of data from OTHER machines to have them send it to the one they are posing as.
Monday’s attack was registering in the neighborhood of 400 gigabits per second. That is more bandwidth than all but the largest countries on Earth can even generate. So as Matthew Prince said, “someone’s got a big, new cannon. Start of ugly things to come.”
Make Your Own Control Board with Pallette
Here’s a project I’m really looking forward to. It’s called Pallete, and I think its co-founders Calvin and Ashish are right on the money with breaking out of the “everything digital” mold. Because sometimes the world needs buttons.
Pallete is a set of modular physical controls that you can piece together and then attach to your Mac, PC or Linux machine. You then assign commands to the buttons, knobs and sliders which correspond to various software functions. For example, you could assign a slider to actually scroll the page up and down in a browser. Or zoom in and out in a photo editor. Or you could assign a panic button so that when someone walks in the room… well, you get the picture.
I love the idea, though I’ll remain “positively” skeptical. The magic to this device is going to be in the software interface that allows it to seamlessly integrate with the various operating systems. The engineers need to make it easy to program the functions, and also very stable. And tackling that in three OSes is going to be hard for a small startup. I predict that if things go well for Pallete, we’ll soon see cheaper control boards that lack the modularity, but trade a standard multi controller layout for a much lower price.
Answers to YOUR Questions
I get a lot of questions here at the Livid Lobster Studios, so this is as good a time as any to tackle a few (check out the video for further enlightenment).
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