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Easy-to-Use NTP Amplification Emerges as Common DDoS Attack Vector

Reflection attacks using the Network Time Protocol surge in the first quarter, as attackers shift to bandwidth-clogging floods of data. In the past year, attackers have changed focus from attacking applications to overwhelming network bandwidth using brute-force reflection attacks, according to a report published April 17 by content-delivery provider Akamai. The two most popular types of reflection attacks, which bounce network traffic off…

Google Cloud Unveils Hadoop Connectors, New App Engine Version

Google Cloud Platform now has Google BigQuery and Datastore connectors for use with Hadoop. Also added is a new version of Google App Engine. The Google Cloud Platform is expanding its capabilities with Hadoop through new connectors that can be used with Google BigQuery and Google Cloud Datastore to run Hadoop queries. Also bolstering the cloud platform is a new version of Google…

Heartbleed SSL Flaw’s True Cost Will Take Time to Tally

NEWS ANALYSIS: Privacy, bandwidth and money have all been lost due to the Heartbleed bug. The full implications are, as yet, unknown. Ever since news first broke on April 7 about the Heartbleed security vulnerability, IT professionals around the world have been struggling to contain its impact. The Heartbleed crisis will, no doubt, come with a high price tag when the final tally…