Hi Ghosties! We haven’t published our Weekly Digest article in quite a while, but with all that’s been going on, we could not miss another week. Online privacy and security issues have made the headlines through some major issues that got us a bit worried from a multitude of reasons. Here is what we’re talking about:
Recent DDoS attack may have been largest in history
On Friday, October 21st, a series of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks caused widespread disruption of legitimate internet activity in the US. The attacks targeted the servers of Dyn, a company controlling much of the Internet’s Domain Name Servers, or the Internet’s equivalent of a phone book, as they maintain a directory of domain names and translate them to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.
Thus, the DDoS attacks, caused by the Mirai botnet, managed to bring down much of America’s Internet, including sites such as Twitter, the Guardian, Netflix, Reddit, CNN and many others in Europe and the US.
What’s interesting, though, is that the Mirai botnet is largely made up of so-called IoT devices, such as CCTV video cameras and digital video recorders. Since it had so many internet-connected devices to choose from, the Mirai attacks are believed to be much larger than before, involving an estimated 100,000 malicious endpoints. Get more details about this issue from here.
China plans to rate its society based on big data
By 2020, China aims to build a Social Credit System, which will attribute scores to its citizens, in order to build a culture of “sincerity”, where “keeping trust is glorious.”
The ambition is to collect every scrap of information available online about China’s companies and citizens in a single place — and then assign each of them a score based on their political, commercial, social and legal “credit.” Those who fall short would be denied certain privileges and be subjected to expanded daily supervision and random inspections.
Read an eye-opening analysis on the topic here.