Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What will happen to your Internet connection if there is an earthquake?

The earthquake that the gods sent this weekend to Nepal, once again has opened our minds to the fragility not only of human life but also of his creations, including telephone and Internet communications. Today we will talk about it and also about an excellent analysis of the recent attack by China against Github, about the DDoS plague which never ends, and about the growing critical voices in the US government against the NSA practices. 

In the chaos after an earthquake comes, behind the horror, the best of the human being: volunteers who are restoring a minimum organization to help survivors and receive help from outside... This is the main picture from Nepal right now, where infrastructure wire has been destroyed and what works is amateur radio solidarity. Thus, natural disasters are something to consider in any security plan, worth this as an example of warning to mariners.

We continue our tour of the day's news and we must stop in a very interesting article explaining in a very understandable way and without losing how were developed the brutal DDoS attack against GreatFire and GitHub sites. In these attacks a new type of cyberweapons hitherto unknown was implemented, which uses Internet users asunwitting collaborators. Essential reading if one wants to understand such a new and complex threat, which can reappear tomorrow.

Speaking of DDoS, the world expert in such attacks, Arbor Networks ensures it continues to rise, they are becoming shorter but extremely strong: in the first quarter of 2015, 25 DDoS attacks which exceeded 100 Gbps of power were detected. A brutality achieved with new amplification techniques using NTP, DNS servers and ultimately SSDP.

Acabamos hablando de la omnipresente y omnipotente NSA: este fin de semana la Casa Blanca desclasificó un informe sobre programas de espionaje electrónico que cuestiona la utilidad de las tácticas de su Agencia Nacional de Seguridad. Esta acción debe contextualizarse en el ambiente cada vez más crítico respecto al secretismo y la falta de garantías democráticas con que actúa la agencia en las redes. El Congreso ultima estos días la redacción de una nueva ley que quiere poner límites a la NSA, al menos en su actuación en Estados Unidos.

And we come to the end talking about of the omnipresent and omnipotent NSA: this weekend, the White House declassified a report on electronic surveillance programs which questioned the National Security Agency tactics usefulness. This action must be contextualized in the increasingly critical environment regarding the secrecy and lack of democratic guarantees which the agency networks are acting with. Congress are drafting these days a new law which wants to put limits on the NSA, at least in its action in american soil.

Definitely this is the way to deal with the impunity with which major government's secret services are acting on the Internet. We need more laws to put limits where now there are none.


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