A DOS attack
on Sunday, 3 June caused the moderators of the MMORPGs EVE Online
and Dust 514
to shut down the server cluster that hosted both games. The games were offline for most of the day and into the following morning, having just recently been restored. The COO of EVE's parent company, CCP, described the situation this way:
What we can now confirm is that a person was able to utilize a vulnerability in one of the back-end services that support the operation of the Tranquility server. This vulnerability has now been secured and thoroughly tested.
We would like to stress that at no time was customer data compromised or accessible in any way.
The effort of returning the complex server structure of the EVE Universe and associated websites to service in a methodical and highly-scrutinized fashion began hours ago and Tranquility has now been brought online (at 10:13 UTC). Our teams will monitor the situation carefully in the coming hours to ensure that our services are accessible and that all customer data remains secure.
CCP also took the precaution of shutting down the games' websites, and so communicated with players via Twitter
("Your patience has been legendary and appreciated.") and its Facebook page
. [more inside]
posted by Gelatin
on Jun 3, 2013 -
The festive season is approaching, so it's time for everyone's favorite giant Swedish straw caprid to suffer from repeated attacks. Already ("The front hoof smells of petrol") this year's goat at Gävle
has been attacked. Of the 76 goats to date
, 33 have been burnt (includes goats burnt down more than once and goats only partially burnt), 7 vandalised (includes goats thrown in the river), 1 run over and 1 stolen, giving a survival rate of 45%. The goat attracts international attention and attacks; in 2001 a tourist from Cleveland, Ohio was jailed for 18 days [Swedish
] for igniting the goat. Last year's goat survived to December 2nd (traumatic video
). Gävlebocken is 13 metres tall and consists of 3.6 tonnes of straw. While intact it tweets
, and blogs in Swedish and English
. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore
on Dec 3, 2012 -
The New York Times
discusses some of the nation's most atrocious bands in the context of the Vans Warped Tour. We've seen some of these bands on the blue before, but never before has there been this much atrocity in one place. [more inside]
posted by LSK
on Jul 20, 2009 -
, the former chief of the CIA's "bin Laden Station", and the initially anonymous author of Imperial Hubris
, pulls an O'Reilly
on yesterday's Glenn Beck broadcast
"The only chance we have as a country have right now is for Osama bin Laden to deploy and detonate a major weapon in the United States [...] only Osama can execute an attack which will force Americans to demand that their government protect them [...] with as much violence as necessary." [more inside]
posted by WCityMike
on Jul 1, 2009 -
NewsFilter: UFO (missle) exhaust seen by pilot
Have the aliens landed, and are shooting at planes with unidentified flying objects? Or is it the 'terrorists'?
Don't worry citizens: FBI agents and Homeland Security officials spent the weekend investigating the report of a possible missile fired at an American Airlines.
posted by rough ashlar
on Dec 2, 2005 -
"This is a war story!" (warning: direct ifilm video link)
Don't play VD roulette! Watch Disney's 1973 educational film "VD Attack Plan"
and fight those damned G & S soldiers! Lady killers? Really can kill ladies!
Features whimsical cartoons and really icky photos.
posted by miss lynnster
on Aug 18, 2005 -
Pre-emptive protest: Iranians for peace
"No war can contribute to the establishment of liberty and democracy in our country. 'Iranians for Peace' welcomes the opinions of Iranian people around the globe who are in opposition to war."
posted by hoder
on Feb 2, 2005 -
We Were All On That Train
If any adventurous film festival directors happen to be reading, a Spanish production company called Docus Madrid has just released a fine documentary
, comprising 24 short films, about the terrorist train attacks in March. The pressbook can be downloaded from the home page in MS Word, in English: otherwise, it's all in Spanish. Ticket money goes to relatives of the victims.
posted by Holly
on Feb 2, 2005 -
I generally give little thought to how the Internet works, as long as it does work. Well, on Monday, 9 of the 13 "root servers"
that manage traffic on the Internet were hit with a denial of service attack
for about an hour. You can see the spike in traffic on one of the servers in this
graph. All this made me think about the fragility of the Internet and what I would do with myself if the Internet got knocked out, say, for a matter of days. Maybe I would finally learn to cook something besides pasta... What would you do?
posted by epimorph
on Oct 23, 2002 -
AES may have been broken
. The new standard in crypto, AES
, and other algorithms, appear to be vulnerable to xsl
. This is not a practical attack, yet, but if you're interested in crypto it's fascinating (and shocking) news.
posted by andrew cooke
on Sep 16, 2002 -
D-O-S attack disables RIAA site.
Do you think someone's trying to make a point about one group lobbying for the power to shut down individual's computers if they SUSPECT them of doing something they don't like, and another group ALREADY having that power?
posted by thunder
on Jul 30, 2002 -