*WikiLeaks supporters claim responsibility for Friday’s huge cyberattack

By Declan Dunn, TechViews.org   …..

Supporters of WikiLeaks claim responsibility for the massive cyberattack Friday which took down numerous major websites, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Twitter, Amazon, Netflix and PayPal, Reddit, Etsy, Tumblr, Business Insider, Github, Spotify, Comcast, and some 6 percent of America’s Fortune 500 companies.

The hacktivist groups Anonymous and New World Hackers confirmed they orchestrated the attack. They claimed retaliation for the President Obama’s pressure on the Ecuadorian government to take away internet access from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange following his site’s ongoing release of emails hacked from the Hillary Clinton campaign.

It is widely viewed that the emails and documents released by Wikileaks were damaging to the Clinton campaign and President Obama.

Dyn, a Manchester, New Hampshire-based domain registry, said at least three waves of distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS), hit its data centers and were overwhelmed with junk data traffic.

Technicians at Dyn first became aware of the attacks around 7:00am local time. Services on the U.S. East Coast were restored shortly thereafter before a second wave of attacks came around 10:20am The second attack broadened its net, affecting the U.S. West Coast and Europe as the more amorphous Anonymous collective piled on in the third wave on Friday afternoon.

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*Cyber attack disrupts Twitter, Netflix, and Spotify service

By Rob Verger   …..

The Internet services company Dyn was hit by a cyber attack Friday, disrupting web traffic on the east coast of the United States, the company reported on its website.

A slew of major web sites were affected by what was described as a DDoS, or a distributed denial of service attack, that caused widespread problems across the Internet.

As of now, sites taken down by the DDoS attack today:

• Twitter • SoundCloud • Spotify • Netflix • Reddit • Disqus • PayPal • Shopify + more

“Starting at 11:10 UTC [7:10 EDT] on October 21st-Friday 2016 we began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS [domain name system] infrastructure,” Dyn reported. Dyn said the attack was resolved less than two hours later, by 9:20 EDT.

But then reports of an additional attack surfaced later on Friday, and the company once again reported problems. 

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*Breaking news: Sites Across the Internet Suffer Outage After Cyberattack Friday Morning

By Emma Hinchliffe , Mashable  News   …..

Sites across the internet had problems on Friday morning following a cyberattack on a major internet management company.

On Friday morning, DYN — a company that hosts domain name systems — announced it has been the subject of a cyberattack that caused major problems for numerous websites. People reported issues with Twitter, Spotify, SoundCloud, Vox Media sites, Airbnb and numerous other sites.

Shortly after DYN announced it was experiencing another attack, people reported more problems accessing Twitter and other sites.

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*Why you should think twice before using a debit card

By Alexis Boncy   …..

“Credit or debit?”

It’s a common question to field at the cash register, but that doesn’t make it an inconsequential one. Because for all of credit and debit cards’ surface similarities — your debit card may even have a Visa or MasterCard logo emblazoned on it — there are big differences between the two methods of payment. And many of us would be wise to ditch our bank debit cards altogether. Here’s why:

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*Frightening new ransomware now encrypts files even when you’re offline

By Mark Jones   …..

Ransomware is no joke. We’ve been warning you for some time now that ransomware is becoming a favorite for cybercriminals. Security experts are finding new forms of ransomware targeting victims almost every week.

Earlier this year we told you about a newly discovered form of ransomware called RAA. Now, RAA has evolved into a more effective and dangerous threat.

When RAA was first discovered it was expected to spread more rapidly than any other ransomware. That’s because it’s coded using JavaScript, which means it could spread at an unprecedented rate. RAA hides in an infected document that begins to encrypt your system as soon as the file is opened.

Windows machines typically block .exe and .bat files from running automatically. However, .js files are not blocked. This means that if you’re using Windows on your computer, the mere act of opening the file is enough to set the code into action and immediately encrypt your files.

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*What is Surface, Deep, and Dark Web Internet?

By Declan Dunn  …..

The Internet is divided into 3 parts called, Surface Web, Deep Web, and Dark Web. But just what are these three parts to the Internet?

We use the internet in our life daily, but most people don’t know what the Internet truly is, or what it’s comprised of. We just think that Internet is something that is connected to our computers so we use it to make our lives more convenient.

We all know that the connected computer networks are constantly growing. But the Internet that we use is only the tip if the iceberg. In basic terms, this is how the Internet is constructed:

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*NSA and British counterpart GCHQ seek ways of monitoring airplane passenger communication

by Stephen Rex Brown    …..  

This is your captain speaking — and your National Security Agency listening.

The NSA and its British counterpart are seeking ways to monitor the communications of passengers aboard airplanes, according to a new book by journalist Glenn Greenwald.

The NSA’s “collect it all” ethos has led the agency to try to fill in gaps in its vast surveillance dragnet, including e-mails, texts and phone calls made on commercial airplanes. Because the the communications are routed through independent satellite systems, they are hard to track, Greenwald reveals in “No Place To Hide.”

But spies are working on infiltrating planes’ cabins.

“We can confirm that targets … are on board specific flights in near real time, enabling surveillance or arrest teams to be put in place in advance,” reads one slide from GCHQ, England’s spy agency.

“Specific aircraft can be tracked approximately every 2 minutes whilst in flight.”

GCHQ’s airplane surveillance program is called Thieving Magpie. The NSA’s version is called Homing Pigeon.

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