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World Cup Website Hacked: Is Yours Vulnerable, Too?

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Hacktivists have delivered on their promise to take down Brazil’s official World Cup website, effectively disrupting this year’s competition and adding significant weight to their ongoing global threats to use of computers and computer networks to promote political ends,

This is no surprise, according to Incapsula, a cloud-based website security and performance service. Last week, Incapsula Co-founder and Chief Business Officer Marc Gaffan warned the FIFA site was at risk in the wake of two other incidents.

On June 11, feedly announced it was under attack by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack refusing to pay the ransom demanded. At the same time, Evernote announced it too had been struck by a DDoS attack.

Hacked! Attack of the DDoS Protection Services

2014-12-May-Attack-of-the-DDos-Protection-ServicesForget about engaging content and brilliant marketing. Neither of those things matter if your website falls victim to a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.

DDoS attacks sabotage corporate websites to make them unavailable to legitimate visitors. Researchers at Incapsula, a cloud-based website security and performance service, said DDoS attacks are getting stronger, faster, bigger and smarter. 

And here's the really scary part: The very DDoS protection service you contracted to guard your website just might be responsible for destroying your site — or someone else's site.

Like a zombie apocalypse that transforms cherubic kindergarten teachers into rapid killers — or an angry 50-foot tall woman — nothing is more frightening than the unexpected. The team at Incapsula discovered that first hand recently when they traced yet another DNS DDoS attack on a B2B business ... and found it originated with two DDoS protection services.

How Hackers Can Use Facebook, Google to Crash Your Website

2014-28-April-Chaman-Thapa.jpgWatch your website — and this time, you have bigger threats than viral videos or suspected porn.

Hackers can apparently exploit vulnerabilities in Facebook and Google to perform distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on target websites — and neither Internet giant seems overly concerned, according to the developer that alerted the two companies to the problems.

"Both of the problems are quite serious for two reasons: 1) the ease in which the attacks can be executed and 2) the huge traffic volume these kinds of attacks can potentially generate.

The traffic would be very troublesome for most websites. Both Facebook and Google individually are close to Gigabits per second, maybe more. Combining them would be even more devastating," Chaman Thapa told CMSWire. 

Thapa, "a software enthusiast who loves programming and solving problems," detailed the problems he uncovered with both sites on A Programmer's Blog and the DEFCON Hacking Page on Facebook. He claims Google Spreadsheets and Facebook Notes can be used to "DDoS any website."

And neither Facebook nor Google are arguing that Thapa is wrong.

Incapsula Names the Site Hackers Used in Major DDoS Attack

2014-24-April-cat-talkGo ahead. Go back to your cute cat videos … and, we concede with a grimace, the sex kitten videos, too — if either happens to be your thing. 

A few weeks ago, we told you how hackers used a novel technique to get thousands of online video viewers to unwittingly bombard a B2B website with junk traffic.

Incapsula, a web security firm, said the attack resulted from a persistent cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability on one of the biggest and most popular video sites on the web.

Incapsula co-founder Marc Gaffan initially declined to identify the site, saying he wanted to give it time to patch the vulnerability the hackers exploited. All he would acknowledge in early April was that the site ranks among the top 50 websites in the world by traffic based on statistics from Amazon-owned firm Alexa.

That seemed to narrow it down to Youtube.com — the third largest — or Xvideos.com — the 44th largest.

Wrong!

Hackers Use Viral Videos to Attack B2B E-Commerce Site

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You probably never thought about kittens, zombies and porn in the same breath — and the imagery gets even weirder if you throw the words "B2B e-commerce" into the mix.

But everything is possible on the Internet: even a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that employed an apparently unprecedented technique to cause thousands of online video viewers to unwittingly bombard a target website with junk traffic.

According to researchers from Web security firm Incapsula, the attack last Wednesday resulted from a persistent cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability on one of the biggest and most popular video sites on the web.

Incapsula co-founder Marc Gaffan declined to identify the site, but told CMSWire it ranks among the top 50 websites in the world by traffic based on statistics from Amazon-owned firm Alexa. That seems to narrow it down to one of two sites: Youtube.com — the third largest — or Xvideos.com — the 44th largest.

Someone capitalized on viral videos of something like cute cats … or maybe sex kittens … to surreptitiously turn website visitors into “DDoS Zombies” — in the hope of taking down an unidentified B2B e-commerce site.

You can't make this stuff up.

Xbox One Sells A Million, Microsoft Grapples with Social Media Backlash

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Microsoft's new Xbox One console has been branded as the ultimate games and entertainment machine.

The hard reality of those ambitious claims is now biting hard, as early buyers find poor gaming experiences, expensive in-game-content demands and issues with the TV and entertainment features. But Microsoft is handling the complaints well and trying to minimize disruption for users.

Social Media Briefs: YouTube Outage, Twitter Pulls a Plug, the Secret Lives of Pins

Kitten in the Spotlight.jpgThis week: More social media outages, LinkedIn revealed Showcase Pages and new insight into the value and lifespan of a Pinterest pin.

 

Sony's PlayStation 4 Launch Signals a New Era of Connectivity

ds4_controller.jpgWhile new tablets and smartphones launch monthly, game consoles arrive once every six or so years. Does Sony's new PlayStation 4 still have a place in our more portable world?

Its midnight launch saw thousands of Americans heading home with a box full of raw processing power that will be sitting under millions of TVs this holiday season. But what does the future hold for Playstation 4 and rival Xbox One? 

Twitch's $20 Million Investment Shows the Opportunities In Gaming Tech

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Twitch TV was created to cast live footage of PC and video games across the web. Now richer by $20 million, it points the way forward for increasing use of video (both live and recorded) and social media, while gaming continues to innovate in hardware and services that could impact any business or hobby.  

Google Encrypts All Searches, Rolls Out Google+ Comments for YouTube

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Google has been busy rolling out some controversial changes recently. Its encryption of search keywords will rankle with SEO and marketing types, but the addition of Google+ comments to its YouTube video service should rile hotheads, while cleaning out a lot of the cruft. 

Social Media Briefs: My Yahoo Updates, Promoted Pins, YouTube Anywhere

Social Media Briefs: My Yahoo Updates, Pinterest Plans to Promote and YouTube Lets You Watch Offline

Yahoo covets iGoogle users, while Pinterest plans for a future of promoted pins, and YouTube works to make video content available offline. 

Social Business Enterprise Collaboration High on Google+ Radar

Google+ is spending a good chunk of time in its "terrible 2s” pushing features that make it easier for businesses to collaborate in its social networking enterprise.

YouTube App for Windows Phone Blocked by Google

YouTube App for Windows Phone Blocked by Google

 

A Microsoft Windows Phone version of the YouTube video app was finally re released this week, but Google has once again forced it back into the shadows for violating its terms of service.

 

Windows Phone App for YouTube, After Several False Starts, Is Now Out

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Windows Phone 8 customers, following several false starts, now have access to an official YouTube app. This week, Microsoft posted its updated tool for using the popular video site in the Windows Phone store -- now with Google’s approval.

YouTube Creators Unleash MixBit for Editing Short Clips into Movies

Customer Experience, YouTube Creators Release MixBit Editable VideosMove over, Vine. The creators of YouTube have created an app for people to collectively edit their own or other people’s videos into one shareable movie.

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