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Cyber extortion: a victim's story

When a Sydney financial-services business was hit with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, they learned the hard way that not all internet-hosting providers can deliver when it really counts.

January 15, 2012

DDoS + Web 2.0 == Buckets o' traffic

Denial of Service attacks are based upon a simple idea: generate the maximum amount of traffic using the minimum amount of work. At one time this was as simple as sending a spoofed ICMP echo packet to a broadcast address or similar shenanigans.

September 5, 2008 by

ICANN: IPv4 will run out by 2011

Big businesses need to start planning now to handle changes that will take place when a new version of the Internet's fundamental routing protocol becomes ubiquitous, or risk losing online customers, according to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

May 11, 2008 by

Exclusive: BlackBerry outage indicated by IP address connect refusals

A representative of BlackBerry traffic analysis solutions provider Zenprise softwarei just got back to me with the scoop of some diagnostics that are pointing to at least one problem likely at the root of  today's bad BlackBerry North American services outage:Basically there are two paths (IP addresses) in North America to connect to the RIM network.

February 11, 2008 by

The road to convergence

There's been a lot of talk about network convergence, the idea that data, voice and video traffic will one day travel over a single network. In this special report, we look at how Mount Erin Secondary College is tackling convergence and IP telephony goals at footy club the West Coast Eagles.

November 2, 2006 by

What Fred said

Network neutrality, the idea that carriers should be providing IP connections and staying out of the way of traffic on their networks, is critical to both the Net's growth and the carriers' success.

February 9, 2006 by

ISPs recruited by government to kill zombies

Five Internet Service Providers have been recruited by the government to hunt down virus-infected computers used to send spam or launch DDoS attacks from Australia. The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Helen Coonan launched the Australian Internet Security Initiative (AISI) on Monday, which is being run on a three-month trial basis by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

November 6, 2005 by

VoIP mistakes mirror early Wi-Fi deployments

Companies are deploying VoIP services without fully considering the security implications, which is exactly what happened with early wireless network implementations, according to security experts. Voice over IP, where voice calls are broken up into packets and passed around a corporate network together with the organisation's data traffic, can provide enormous benefits for companies -- such as cheaper international calls -- but they also increase the risk of a security breach.

September 23, 2005 by

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