Security News Roundup for Nov. 21, 2014
Largest Cyber Attack in
Independent news media sites in Hong Kong which have supported the Occupy Hong Kong protesters have been hit by Denial of Service attacks. The sites have been pummeled with junk ads at an incredible 500 gigabytes per second. Website security company Cloudfare was able to defend against the attacks, according to reports.
History Hits Hard
Automakers agree on car data security effort
Two U.S. automakers have agreed to protect car owners' private data
and tracking information used in vehicles.
NSA reform bill bites the dust in the Senate
that would have kept Americans' private phone records out of government hands narrowly failed to pass the Senate. Supporters of the bill had said it would protect the privacy of Americans who aren't breaking the law. The U.S. has archived data from virtually every phone call made in the U.S. The bill would have required the government to ask phone companies for phone records rather than collect it directly itself.
Engineer invents handheld personal web server
An inventor is hoping people will have access to more data security via a handheld personal web server
which acts as a substitute for storing information on the cloud. The device called The Egg is still in the pre-production phase while its designers try to raise funding
Anonymous hacks KKK
The hacktivist collective Anonymous hacked the KKK's website and social media accounts
after the KKK threatened to disrupt protests in Ferguson over the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer.
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