The world’s largest eSports tournament, The International 5 kicked off on Monday, bringing the world’s best Dota 2 players together in Seattle’s Key Arena. With $18 million in prizes on the line, every single match is a high stakes match, so when a match is delayed, it’s a big deal.And when a match is delayed for over three hours due to a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, it’s an even bigger deal, but that is exactly what happened yesterday. The first game of three between Evil Geniuses and compLexity Gaming was hit by sudden lag and was eventually paused.Valve’s on-stage commentators confirmed to the audience that the pause was in fact due to a DDoS attack, VentureBeat reports. The actual stream of the event wasn’t affected, so the hosts filled in by analyzing the gameplay from the teams so far and showing other coverage. The game was back on at roughly 1:20 p.m. PDT, but the three-hour delay reveals a major crimp in Valve’s … [Read more...] about Valve’s $18 million Dota 2 tournament The International 5 delayed by DDoS attack
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Here's the problem with most programs aimed at killing malicious software: They need someone to tell them something's malicious.What if, however, the programs had the smarts to identify bad code on their own? That's what a company calledDeep Instinct says its security solution, launched last week, can do.The offering works its magic with a technology called "deep learning.""Deep learning draws its inspiration from the human mind. It organizes itself into a structure of synthetic neurons," explained Bruce Daley, principal analyst atTractica."It's another term for neural networks," he told TechNewsWorld. "It was rebranded because there was so little progress with neural nets."Deep learning applications will be a hot commodity in the future, becoming a $10 billion market by 2024, Tractica forecasts.A fertile area for those apps may be security, which is what Deep Instinct is counting on.Classical neural networks in the 1980s and '90s had one or two layers of several hundred neurons."Nice … [Read more...] about SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY Deep Learning App Targets Malware
Major DNS provider NS1 has acknowledged a string of DDoS attacks from an unknown assailant. CEO Kris Beevers has detailed the “rare degree of sophistication and scale” exhibited by a “determined attacker” in a carefully planned assault that took place in the early hours of Monday, May 16.This sustained series of attacks utilized a variety of techniques, and caused outages for some on NS1’s customers, according to a blog post published by Beevers. However, the company believes that it was the intended target, rather than any of the groups or individuals that make use of its services.That raises a question. Why? A sophisticated attack usually has a goal, but targeting NS1 itself doesn’t specifically damage any organization aside from the DNS company. And it’s hard to see why an attacker would hold a grudge against it.DNS servers contain the names and IP addresses of websites. When your web browser tries to access a site, it contacts a … [Read more...] about Determined, mysterious attack hits major DNS provider, causing service outages
Evernote and Feedly were targeted in separate distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. The two companies, which have highly integrated services, have had varying degrees of success in their attempts to restore service to users.Feedly continues to look for a solution to the DDoS attack, with user feeds still inaccessible through its website and app. In spite of the disruption, the company assured customers that user data were not compromised. “We’re making some changes to our infrastructure that will allow us to bring feedly back online. However, these things take some time to put into place and it may still be a few more hours before service is restored,” the company said in a blog post. A few hours later, Feedly sent out a tweet, saying that it is still trying to defend against the cyberattack. In a previous update, the company said that it refused to give in to the demands of hackers, who asked for payment in exchange for discontinuing … [Read more...] about Evernote and Feedly bogged down by DDoS attack in extortion attempt
A Toronto company aptly named "i4i" is getting its revenge on Microsoft by kicking it square in the monkeymaker. i4i has sued Redmond, claiming that Microsoft Word infringes on its patents. Judge Leonard Davis of the U.S. District Court for Eastern Texas -- where else? -- has given Microsoft two months to halt sales of the offending software. It's also ordered Microsoft to give i4i a US$240 million payout.No, your already-bought copies of Word or Office will not turn into contraband overnight once this injunction deadline kicks in, and the discs they're saved on will not magically melt. It's theoretically possible that Microsoft might have to call in a certain provision of Word's licensing agreement -- the one that says it can change the terms whenever it feels like it -- and tell users not to use the product anymore. I'm sure that would go over well.But it's unlikely to come to that at all -- the consequences would just be too disastrous for Microsoft to fathom. In fact, it might be … [Read more...] about THIS WEEK IN TECH Can Microsoft Keep Its Word?
If you believe Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg's version of events, his company's wireless division wasn't even in the running for the iPhone years ago when Apple was first shopping the device around to carriers. Other reports tell a different story, but either way, the fact that Verizon had to wait nearly four years to offer its customers the iPhone had its advantages and disadvantages. On the down side, it really gave a customer boost to its biggest rival, AT&T. On the upside, though, the competition did motivate Verizon to invest in a strong competitor to Apple's platform, Android, which it's helped become a major force in mobile.It also got to sit back and watch as the iPhone's popularity and AT&T's response to the pressures placed on its network turned into a nightmare. The volume of complaints about spotty or just-not-there AT&T cellular service reached huge proportions, and pretty soon people were practically begging Verizon to carry the iPhone just so they could get a … [Read more...] about WEEKLY RECAP On the Eve of iPhone, Verizon Cinches the Throttle