Microsoft Cyber Terrorism | Tech Talk Today 18

Microsoft Cyber Terrorism | Tech Talk Today 18

Could Netflix be classified as a cyber security threat, or is this being overblown? Having Dynamic DNS problems? You can thank Microsoft, they played cowboy and shut down the No-IP service.

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Netflix Could Be Classified As a ‘Cybersecurity Threat’ Under New CISPA Rules | Motherboard

The cybersecurity bill making its way through the Senate right now is so broad that it could allow ISPs to classify Netflix as a “cyber threat,” which would allow them to throttle the streaming service’s delivery to customers.

“A ‘threat,’ according to the bill, is anything that makes information unavailable or less available. So, high-bandwidth uses of some types of information make other types of information that go along the same pipe less available,” Greg Nojeim, a lawyer with the Center for Democracy and Technology, told me. “A company could, as a cybersecurity countermeasure, slow down Netflix in order to make other data going across its pipes more available to users.”

The general uproar surrounding the bill could have led to the postponement of its markup—it was originally set to be discussed by Feinstein’s Intelligence Committee last week, but was pushed back. No word on when it’ll be taken up by the committee, but considering that the bill has been in the works behind closed doors for several months now, don’t expect it to die without first getting some very serious consideration on Capitol Hill.

Millions of dynamic DNS users suffer after Microsoft seizes No-IP domains

Millions of legitimate servers that rely on dynamic domain name services from suffered outages on Monday after Microsoft seized 22 domain names it said were being abused in malware-related crimes against Windows users.

Microsoft enforced a federal court order making the company the domain IP resolver for the No-IP domains. Microsoft said the objective of the seizure was to identify and reroute traffic associated with two malware families that abused No-IP services. Almost immediately, end-users, some of which were actively involved in Internet security, castigated the move as heavy handed, since there was no evidence No-IP officially sanctioned or actively facilitated the malware campaign, which went by the names Bladabindi (aka NJrat) and Jenxcus (aka NJw0rm).

In a complaint Microsoft filed under seal on June 19, Microsoft attorneys said No-IP is “functioning as a major hub for 245 different types of malware circulating on the Internet.” The document said abuse of the service has been the subject of recent blog posts by both OpenDNS and Cisco Systems.

Monday’s seizure was the tenth major malware disruption Microsoft has participated in. The actions typically combine surprise technical and legal procedures that eradicate or significantly disrupt major botnets.

South Korea gives up on Microsoft – Giving Open Sauce a chance

According to a government statement, South Korea wants to break from its Microsoft dependency and move to open source software by 2020″

In a statement the government said that it will invigorate open source software in order to solve the problem of dependency on certain software. The government has invested in Windows 7 to replace XP, but it does not want to go through the same process in 2020 when the support of the Windows 7 service is terminated.

Facebook Added ‘Research’ To User Agreement 4 Months After Emotion Manipulation Study

The study came to light recently when he and his two co-researchers from Cornell University and University of California-SF published their study describing how users’ moods changed when Facebook curated the content of their News Feeds to highlight the good, happy stuff (for the lucky group) vs. the negative, depressing stuff

Four months after this study happened, in May 2012, Facebook made changes to its data use policy, and that’s when it introduced this line about how it might use your information: “For internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.” – BITCOIN ACCEPTED

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