Bits and Bytes

Bits and Bytes

By Paul Rosenzweig
Monday, June 23, 2014, 12:16 PM

Cyber Attack on Hong Kong Among Largest Ever.  "The online voting platform for the unofficial referendum now underway on Hong Kong’s political future has been subjected to one of the most severe cyberattacks of its kind ever seen, according to the head of the Internet security company tasked with protecting it."  [None of the attack bots were China based ....]

Reuters Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army. "The website of the news agency Reuters has been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) again - condemning the news site for publishing "false" articles about Syria.  People on Twitter raised concern after articles from the site seemed to redirect to a message from the SEA, known computer hackers who support the government of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad."

Google Unveils Fork in OpenSSL. "Google is releasing its own independently developed "fork" of OpenSSL, the widely used cryptography library that came to international attention following the Heartbleed vulnerability that threatened hundreds of thousands of websites with catastrophic attacks."  [Forks are divergent software development tracks ... This is a promising response by Google ... if you trust Google]