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How the Consumer Product Safety Commission is (Inadvertently) Behind the Internet’s Largest DDoS Attacks

Published on by Matthew Prince.

The mission of the United State's Government's Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is to protect consumers from injury by products. It's ironic then that the CPSC is playing an unwitting role in most of the largest DDoS attacks seen on the Internet. To understand how, you need to understand a

Empty DDoS Threats: Meet the Armada Collective

Published on by Matthew Prince.

Beginning in March 2016, we began hearing reports of a gang of cybercriminals once again calling themselves the Armada Collective. The calling card of the gang was an extortion email sent to a wide variety of online businesses threatening to launch DDoS attacks if they weren't paid in Bitcoin. From

The Trouble with Tor

Published on by Matthew Prince.

The Tor Project makes a browser that allows anyone to surf the Internet anonymously. Tor stands for "the onion router" and that describes how the service works. Traffic is routed through a number of relays run across the Internet where each relay only knows the next hop (because

SHA-1 Deprecation: No Browser Left Behind

Published on by Matthew Prince.

After December 31, 2015, SSL certificates that use the SHA-1 hash algorithm for their signature will be declared technology non grata on the modern Internet. Google's Chrome browser has already begun displaying a warning for SHA-1 based certs that expire after 2015. Other browsers are mirroring Google and, over the