Hacked Cameras, DVRs Powered Friday’s Massive Internet Outage

Brian Krebs:

A massive and sustained Internet attack that has caused outages and network congestion today for a large number of Web sites was launched with the help of hacked “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices, such as CCTV video cameras and digital video recorders, new data suggests.


According to researchers at security firm Flashpoint, today’s attack was launched at least in part by a Mirai-based botnet. Allison Nixon, director of research at Flashpoint, said the botnet used in today’s ongoing attack is built on the backs of hacked IoT devices — mainly compromised digital video recorders (DVRs) and IP cameras made by a Chinese hi-tech company called XiongMai Technologies. The components that XiongMai makes are sold downstream to vendors who then use it in their own products.

“It’s remarkable that virtually an entire company’s product line has just been turned into a botnet that is now attacking the United States,” Nixon said, noting that Flashpoint hasn’t ruled out the possibility of multiple botnets being involved in the attack on Dyn.

Source: https://krebsonsecurity.com/2016/10/hacked-cameras-dvrs-powered-todays-massive-internet-outage/

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Hacked webcams that helped shut down the internet last week are being recalled

Chinese electronics company Hangzhou Xiongmai is recalling its webcams in the US following last week’s massive distributed denial-of-service attack that shut down multiple websites, including Github, Amazon, and Twitter.

Some security researchers, including security firm Flashpoint, blamed the attack on Xiongmai’s lagging security practices and use of a default username and password in its software and camera components.

That weakness, and similar weaknesses in other IoT products, allowed criminals to create a massive botnet of compromised connected devices. Xiongmai told the BBC that its webcams didn’t make up the majority of the devices in the botnet, however.

The DDoS attack relied on a malware called Mirai to compromise connected devices that use default passwords and usernames. (Friendly reminder: always change your connected device’s username and password!)


Mirai’s source code was publicly released earlier this month, which researchers said would lead to higher profile attacks.

So far, Mirai has infected at least 493,000 devices. Before the source code was released, only 213,000 devices had been compromised. This is likely only one of many DDoS attacks we’ll see as Mirai continues to search out and exploit vulnerable devices.

Source: http://www.theverge.com/2016/10/24/13383968/hangzhou-xiongmai-ddos-attack-iot-mirai

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Mediterranean Chicken Quinoa Bowl

What you need

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 jar roasted red peppers
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 small clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

How to make it

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  3. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake, turning once, at the 10 minute mark, for a total time of 20 minutes.
  5. Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board and slice or shred.
  6. Meanwhile, place peppers, 2 tablespoons oil, garlic, paprika, and cumin in a mini food processor. Puree until fairly smooth.
  7. Combine quinoa, red onion and the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a medium bowl.
  8. To serve, divide the quinoa mixture among 4 bowls and top with equal amounts of cucumber, chicken and the red pepper sauce.
  9. Sprinkle with feta and parsley.
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Galaxy Note 7 recall becomes a presidential punchline

Samsung is having a tough time. The fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 is one the biggest blunders ever in tech and now President Obama is using it as a punchline.

During a speech about the Affordable Care Act at Miami Dade college in Florida, the Commander in Chief made an analogy about issues with Obamacare to new smartphones hitting the market:

When one of these companies comes out with a new smartphone, and it has a few bugs, what do they do? They fix it, they upgrade. Unless it catches fire and then they just, then they pull it off the market.

But you don’t go back to using a rotary phone! You don’t say, well we’re repealing smartphones — we’re just gonna do the dial-up thing


Source: https://www.engadget.com/2016/10/20/galaxy-note-7-recall-becomes-a-presidential-punchline/

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Samsung Issues Takedown On Video Of Grand Theft Auto 5 Mod Turning Galaxy Note 7 Into A Weapon

Mike Masnick, writing for Techdirt:

Samsung may be embarrassed by its exploding devices, and it may not like people making fun of them or turning them into weapons in video games, but that doesn’t matter.

There’s no copyright infringement against Samsung’s copyrights in doing that. And it’s flat out ridiculous that Samsung appears to have made a copyright claim over such a video.

Hopefully whoever put up the video challenges this and YouTube comes to its senses…

Source: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20161018/23350035833/samsung-issues-takedown-video-grand-theft-auto-5-mod-turning-galaxy-note-7-into-weapon.shtml

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Meet The Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch

This morning we woke up to Nintendo releasing a preview trailer of their new next-gen game console. Originally code named the Nintendo NX, the official name is the Nintendo Switch.

At home, Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system will instantly transition to portable mode, and the same great gaming experience that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you. The portability of Nintendo Switch is enhanced by its bright high-definition display. It brings the full home gaming system experience with you to the park, on an airplane, in a car, or to a friend’s apartment.

Gaming springs into action by removing detachable Joy-Con controllers from either side of Nintendo Switch. One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con can be employed by numerous people for a variety of gameplay options. They can easily click back into place or be slipped into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, mirroring a more traditional controller. Or, if preferred, the gamer can select an optional Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to use instead of the Joy-Con controllers. Furthermore, it is possible for numerous people to bring their Nintendo Switch systems together to enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face competition.

The system is a home console/portable console hybrid. You’ve got a controller that connects to your TV for home use — but slide off the controller’s sides and attach it to the portable display (which also appears to act as the console’s brain), and you’re playing the same title on the go.

“Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO, Nintendo of America. “It gives game developers new abilities to bring their creative visions to life by opening up the concept of gaming without boundaries.”

The console seems to use SD-card like cartridges similar to that of the handheld Nintendo consoles such as the DS and the 3DS.

The Switch is expected to be released in March 2017.

Source: http://www.nintendo.com/whatsnew/detail/first-look-at-nintendos-new-home-gaming-system

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The 32GB iPhone 7 Has 8X Slower Write Speeds Than the 128GB and 256GB Models


A new video confirms previous reports that the 32GB iPhone 7 has 8X slower write speeds than the 128GB and 256GB models.

Unbox Therapy demonstrates a benchmark and real world test of write speeds on a 32GB and 256GB iPhone 7. The benchmark found that the 256GB model was able to write data at 341 MB/s; whereas, the 32GB was only able to write data at 42 MB/s.

Does this really matter? I think it only matters if you can’t decide between the 32GB and 128GB iPhone 7, but really the 32GB won’t have much space anyway compared to the other models.

Source: http://www.iclarified.com/57360/the-32gb-iphone-7-has-8x-slower-write-speeds-than-the-128gb-and-256gb-models-video

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Pixel, iPhone 7, and grading on a curve

Rene Ritchie:

So, everyone who’d been criticizing Apple and iPhone design immediately called Google out for aping it?

Not so much.

Well, at least they called Google and Pixel out for the same things they called Apple and iPhone out for?

Again, not so much.

Surely they drew the line at Google’s 2016 flagship missing optical image stabilization — not just in the regular-size, but in the Plus XL model as well — stereo speakers, and water resistance — things that were pointed to last year as indicators Apple was falling behind?

Turns out, not deal-breakers either.

Meanwhile, anything Apple adds becomes immediately Android has had this for two years regardless of the feature.

Source: http://www.imore.com/pixel-iphone-7-and-grading-curve

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Smartphone camera shootout: Google Pixel takes on the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 Edge

The Verge:

For the better part of the last decade, one of the biggest demands from people in the market for a premium smartphone was a great camera. These days, though, it’s a feature you should expect. A good smartphone camera is no longer the deciding factor it once was if only because it’s now so common to find one in a high-end (or even mid-range) phone. These three phones are the perfect example of that. Google may have won the race this time around, but Samsung and Apple made it a photo finish.

Source: http://www.theverge.com/2016/10/18/13304476/google-pixel-vs-iphone-7-samsung-galaxy-s7-edge-camera-comparison

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