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Paul Lindner
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Making the Internet better since 1990
Making the Internet better since 1990

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So, at every point in this story, there is gross negligence and incompetence, be forewarned.



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Remember to test your backups and be careful with rm -rf

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A Christmas message from Björk.

Wishing everyone the curiosity, surreality and poetry of the season.

original: http://www.1500wordmtu.com/2016/a-christmas-message-from-bj%C3%B6rk

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Are you a Chad or a Brad? Read this today...

original: http://www.1500wordmtu.com/2016/are-you-a-chad-or-brad-please-read-who-will

Typo of the day -- derp learning

[original: http://www.1500wordmtu.com/2016/typo-of-the-day----derp-learning ]

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Listening to DEF CON soundtracks today, including what must be the only song ever written about ssh...

[original post: http://www.1500wordmtu.com/2016/listening-to-def-con-soundtracks-today-including-what-must-be ]

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Today's must read - "The Scientists who Make Apps Addictive" from 1843 Magazine

When your industry calls the most profitable users "Whales" you know there's a problem. I keep a copy of Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion[1] around just to inoculate myself from these black arts.

[1] https://amzn.com/006124189X

Original Post: http://www.1500wordmtu.com/2016/todays-must-read---the-scientists-who-make-apps-addictive

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Did someone say DNS DDoS Attack? Remembering PharmaMaster vs Blue Security, 2006

Yeah, I was there... Back in May of 2006 Typepad, LiveJournal and TuCows got taken down by a massive (at the time) DDoS. I recall it was 2-4 GBps of reflective DNS traffic. Scott Berinato covered it pretty well in the Wired article Attack of the Bots[1].

For the record we were able to get back up using Akamai DNS Hosting, MCI/UUNet DDoS mitigations, and a cleverly placed GRE tunnel. Oh and a bunch of great Ops work from +Lisa Phillips , +Matt Peterson, +Peter Wohlers  and others. I think I still have the commemorative t-shirt we did with TuCows.

And here we are 10 years later. Same stuff, yet in many ways worse.
It's high time we get to fixing the underlying protocols and infrastructure to make these types of attacks a thing of the past. It's time to Redecentralize[2].

[1] https://www.wired.com/2006/11/botnet/
[2] https://www.decentralizedweb.net/
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