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Wall Street Journal Suggests Snowden Gave China Its 'Great Cannon' Software... Based On Pure Random Speculation

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

There's been lots of talk lately about China's "Great Cannon" -- the DDoS tool that China used to launch a massive attack on GitHub a few weeks ago. Much of the research on this tool was provided by Citizen Lab. That report is great and interesting. Show More Summary

China’s ‘Great Cannon’ Uses DDoS Style Redirects for Censorship

The hack on Sony last November, allegedly perpetrated by North Korea, marked somewhat of a new age in internet security. It showed everyone that corporate cyber espionage, and international cyber war are no longer the domain of science fiction. Show More Summary

Another Reason To Deploy Encryption Widely: Spiking China's 'Great Cannon' Attack

5 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A couple of weeks ago, Mike provided an in-depth analysis of China's new tactic in its longstanding efforts to restrict access by its population to material that challenges the official narrative. This powerful DDoS attack has now been dubbed "China's Great Cannon" by researchers in a fascinating analysis published by The Citizen Lab. Show More Summary

Meet the crack team who just exposed 'The Great Cannon,' China's insanely powerful hacking tool

A few weeks ago Github was the target of a malicious distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack focusing on pages owned by pro-Chinese free speech websites. Now, researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab have released a...Show More Summary

DDoS attack on GitHub evidence for the Great Cannon of China

China is already well known for its nation-wide Internet filtering software dubbed The Great Firewall of China, but what is only coming to light is that China also may have a Great Cannon. According to a report posted on CitizenLab … Continue reading ?

DDoS attacks that crippled GitHub linked to Great Firewall of China

Whitehat hacker's traceroute wizzardry pinpoints origin of denial-of-service code.

China's DDoS Attacks Used Unencrypted Websites to Hijack Browsers

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Over the past few weeks, China has been using its country’s Internet infrastructure to attack political opponents by turning normal users’ web browsers into Denial of Service tools. Read more...

GitHub is back after 5 days of DDoS attacks

The code management platform GitHub has emerged victorious after enduring almost a week of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. The company managed to get workarounds in place to settle the site and return to normal operations after experiencing crashes since March 26. Show More Summary

China's Great Firewall Turned Around: Why China Wants To Censor Global Internet

2 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

If you pay attention to Github (and you should), you know that late last week the site started experiencing some problems staying online, thanks to a massive and frequently changing DDoS attack. Over the past few days a lot more details...Show More Summary

The Chinese government won't stop hacking US companies

For the past week, code-sharing website GitHub has endured a blistering DDoS (Dedicated Denial of Service) hack attack aiming to knock the website offline. The attack on the US-based site now seems to finally be abating — and fingers are being firmly pointed at the Chinese authorities as being behind it. Show More Summary

The Five Day Cyber Assault on GitHub Appears to Finally Be Over

After more than five relentless days, the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the popular coding site GitHub appears to have ceased. The company, which previously called the attack the largest in its history, announced on Tuesday morning that "everything [is] operating normally." Everything operating normally. Show More Summary

Geek Reading March 31, 2015

Some more unpleasantness leading off today as VentureBeat reports on the DDoS attack on GitHub continuing and evolving. Also from VentureBeat, Google has started morphing some of Google+ as photos and videos are now available in Google Drive. By itself, this is not a big thing, but we know that Google has not been thrilled […]

DDoS attacks costs enterprise £100,000 per hour, study finds

DDoS attacks are not only a disruption but can also cost businesses dearly, according to Neustar research.

China Is Behind DDoS Attack on GitHub, Activists Say

A well-known group of activists that has fought Chinese online censorship for years is publicly accusing China of launching the massive distributed denial of service attacks against the coding website GitHub. On Monday, as GitHub was...Show More Summary

GitHub's Largest DDoS Attack Is Still Going, 4 Days Later

On Wednesday night of last week, someone started targeting the popular coding site GitHub with a massive distributed denial of service attack, which the company later called the largest in its seven-year history. More than four days later, the attack is still ongoing. Show More Summary

GitHub Continues To Face Evolving DDoS Attack

Online code repository GitHub continues to face a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Monday, which the company reported is the largest attack in’s history. The attack began on Thursday and still continues, according...Show More Summary

The Chinese government might be behind the ongoing attack on GitHub

Code-hosting site GitHub is being subjected to an ongoing denial of service (DDoS) attack, the largest in its history — and the Wall Street Journal suggests the Chinese government could be to blame. A DDoS attack works by overwhelming a website with traffic, often sent from a "botnet" of hijacked computers controlled by the attacker. Show More Summary

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