Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’

A Few Points on Yesterday’s Big DDos Attack

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

If you had trouble getting to a various websites yesterday it was probably fallout from a huge distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack:

Criminals this morning massively attacked Dyn, a company that provides core Internet services for Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify, Reddit and a host of other sites, causing outages and slowness for many of Dyn’s customers.

In a statement, Dyn said that this morning, October 21, Dyn received a global distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on its DNS infrastructure on the east coast starting at around 7:10 a.m. ET (11:10 UTC).

More coverage of the attack here. “At the peak of the attack, average DNS connect times for 2,000 websites monitored by Dynatrace went to about 16 seconds from 500 milliseconds normally.”

Internet-of-Things-enabled devices appear to be at the heart of the DDoS attack:

According to Dan Drew, the chief security officer at Level 3 Communications, the attack is at least in part being mounted from a “botnet” of Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices.

Drew explained the attack in a Periscope briefing this afternoon. “We’re seeing attacks coming from a number of different locations,” Drew said. “An Internet of Things botnet called Mirai that we identified is also involved in the attack.”

The botnet, made up of devices like home Wi-Fi routers and Internet protocol video cameras, is sending massive numbers of requests to Dyn’s DNS service. Those requests look legitimate, so it’s difficult for Dyn’s systems to screen them out from normal domain name lookup requests.

Earlier this month, the code for the Marai botnet was released publicly. It may have been used in the massive DDoS attack against security reporter Brian Krebs. Marai and another IoT botnet called Bashlight exploit a common vulnerability in BusyBox, a pared-down version of the Linux operating system used in embedded devices. Marai and Bashlight have recently been responsible for attacks of massive scale, including the attack on Krebs, which at one point reached a traffic volume of 620 gigabits per second.

Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of the content delivery and DDoS protection service provider CloudFlare, said that the attack being used against Dyn is an increasingly common one. The attacks append random strings of text to the front of domain names, making them appear like new, legitimate requests for the addresses of systems with a domain. Caching the results to speed up responses is impossible.

At least some commenters have pointed to a possible connection between DDoS attacks and web services firm BackConnect Inc.:

The latest comes the day after Doug Madory, director of Internet Analysis at Dyn, gave a presentation at an industry conference about research he had done on questionable practices at BackConnect Inc., a firm that offers web services, including helping clients manage DDoS attacks. According to Madory, BackConnect had regularly spoofed Internet addresses through a technique known as a BGP hijack, an aggressive tactic that pushes the bounds of industry.

Madory’s research was conducted with Brian Krebs, a well-known writer on computer-security issues. Krebs also published an article based on the research last month. Within hours, his website was hit by a “extremely large and unusual” DDoS attack, he wrote.

Perhaps someone with more computer security knowledge than I (Dwight? Borepatch?) might comment on how best to defend from these attacks in the future. Spin up big on-demand cloud clustered DNS VMs when a DDoS attack is detected?

No One Wants To Buy Twitter

Monday, October 17th, 2016

From Slashdot comes news that no one wants to buy Twitter.

Neither Google nor Disney plan to bid on Twitter, despite reports saying both were interested. Recode says that Apple is likely also out of the picture. And Verizon immediately dismissed speculation that it was considering a bid. Facebook is also said to be uninterested, according to CNBC. And while Microsoft’s name has been tossed around, no one seems to think the acquisition would make any sense for an increasingly enterprise-focused company.

It seems that Twitter’s stock price has nosedived precipitously since appointing radical Social Justice Warrior Anita Sarkeesian to their newly formed “Trust and Safety Council.” Since then, Twitter has:

  • Banned Robert Stacey McCain
  • Banned Milo Yiannopoulos, AKA @Nero, permanently
  • Suspended Instapundit
  • Shadowbanned Anna Maria Perez
  • Forced James O’Keefe to remove a Tweet and perform a spite reset
  • Twitter’s war on conservatives is one of the many reasons it has lost $2 billion over ten years, and why its stock has plunged 27% in the last two weeks. “Twitter is trading 35 percent below its IPO price.”

    And after having damaged their brand and destroyed billions worth of shareholder value, lo and behold, no one wants to buy them! Gee, turns out that alienating half your user base at the behest of a tiny cadre of radical feminists is a lousy business strategy…


    Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

    So much work to be done on big posts that it’s hard to do a small one today, so instead enjoy some selections from the #ClintonAFilm hashtag off Twitter instead:

    Reactions to First Clinton-Trump Debate

    Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

    Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debated last night. I watched about as much as I could stand, which was about ten minutes. So instead of my reactions, here are those of people who watched it all he way through:

  • Trump wins over Democrats and independents in a Youngstown bar. (Hat tip: Ace of Spades HQ.)
  • Clinton says that everyone is racist. (Hat tip: Ed Driscoll at Instapundit.) Racism has the same role in liberal dogma that original sin has for Catholics.
  • James E. Robbins thought Trump looked Presidential.
  • Lester Holt: Not so impartial. (Hat tip: Ed Driscoll at Instapundit.)
  • Interesting: Most conservative pundits were down on Trump’s performance, but most polls show he won the debate. “It isn’t just Drudge and Breitbart; Trump also got more votes than Clinton in instant polls at Time, Slate, Variety and other liberal outlets.”
  • Althouse: “Hillary Clinton’s unchallenged, illogical statement about private prisons.” Also on the debate itself: “Overall, I’ll just say that was very unpleasant and I’m glad it’s over.”
  • Now from the Twitters:

    Edited to add: More more hot take:

    LinkSwarm for September 23, 2016

    Friday, September 23rd, 2016

    Yesterday I had to go through a “spite password reset” for Twitter in the wake of the Instapundit banning and unbanning. I’m sure it had something to do with Twitter’s ongoing attempt to drive all non-liberal thought off the platform. This may have been the Tweet that did the trick:

    This may be why so many conservatives are talking about moving to Gab.

    Believe it or not, there is just a tiny bit of non-Twitter news going on:

  • So many people are talking about this angry, shrill, shouty Hillary Clinton video that I’m not going to put it off to the next Clinton Corruption Update:

    When Donald Trump gets angry, he seems to get angry about things happening to America. When Clinton gets angry, she gets angry about what’s happening to her personally, because of the things she believes she’s entitled to (popularity, the presidency) being denied her. She comes off as shrill and unhinged.

  • Federal Judges gives State Department five days to cough up Hillary’s records.
  • Scott Adams. “There is still some mystery about how large the margin will be, but Trump is already the President of the United States unless something big happens in the next few weeks.”
  • Trump 44%, Clinton 39%, Johnson 8%, Stein 2%.
  • “Swedish police are losing the battle against increasing levels crime and violence in the country as now 55 areas have been labelled as ‘no-go’ zones.” Also, three police officers a day quit and 90% are considering changing professions. (Hat tip: Ace of Spades HQ.)
  • Missed this from last week: Deutsch Bank fined $14 billion for financial shenanigans in the lead up to the 2008 financial crisis.
  • This just in: Anthony Weiner is a pervert. “The disgraced former congressman sexted a 15-year-old high school girl for months, allegedly writing her lewd messages and sending her shirtless pics of himself, according to a report Wednesday…Weiner tried to get her engaging in ‘rape fantasies.'”
  • Illegal alien who complained about Trump’s comments on Mexican rapists arrested for rape. (Hat tip: Director Blue.)
  • Crazy feminist publically shames her suicidal son for having non-feminist thoughts about “rape culture.” You know, the largely imaginary, non-Anthony Weiner, non-illegal alien rapist kind…
  • Speaking of Twitter, did you know they were blocking people from posting links to Vox Day’s blog? I confirmed this by trying to Tweet a link and having it fail.
  • Hillary Health Watch: What’s the deal with her eyes? “Her eyes did not always move in the same direction at the same time. It appears that she has a problem with her left sixth cranial nerve. That nerve serves only one function and that is to make the lateral rectus muscle contract. That muscle turns the eye in the direction away from the midline.” (Hat tip: Ed Driscoll at Instpundit.)
  • Who has Clinton lined up to headline a fundraiser? Think No Talent Ass-Clown. (Hat tip: The Other McCain.)
  • Twitter Suspends Instapundit

    Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

    Now Twitter, as part of it’s campaign to drive all conservatives off it’s platform, has suspended Instapundit.

    Just as I was about to put this up, Zero hedge posted about it.

    Time to contact all Twitter board members (and advertisers) and get this reversed…

    Updated to Add: Unblocked now:

    Better, but it never should have been blocked in the first place. Evidently Black Lives Matter is so sacred that their representatives can get away with any threats on Twitter, but suggesting people defend themselves if surrounded by a violent mob is beyond the pale.

    How much shareholder value has Jack Dorsey destroyed by letting Anita Sarkeesian run his asylum?

    Twitter Bans @Nero Permanently

    Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

    Twitter says it has banned Milo Yiannopoulos, AKA @Nero, permanently. They’re claiming that it was over “harassment” of actress Leslie Jones, who appears in the failing feminist Ghostbusters reboot. Though nowhere (as far as I can tell) has Twitter actually revealed the tweet that brought the ban, much less proven that it’s “harassment.” (Maybe Jones objected to Yiannopoulos’ description of the cast as “unsexy lesbian janitors“.)

    Speaking of which, Yiannopoulos has now reviewed the movie:

    In this film, by contrast, the enemy is all men, while the government ends up playing dad. Every man in the movie is a combination of malevolent and moronic. The chick ‘busters shame the mayor so much they end up getting government funding at the end. Like all feminists, they can only survive by sucking on the teat of Big Government.

    Also this: “The weak, Twitter-style feminist quips come off as lame, unfunny, and resentful.”

    Then again, maybe Twitter just wanted to ban the world’s most famous gay conservative and any excuse would do. Remember that Twitter started banning conservatives after they appointed radical feminist Anita Sarkeesian to their so-called “Trust and Safety Council,” whose only role seems to be to silence conservatives.

    Perhaps conservatives should contact Twitters advertisers and ask that their ad dollars be spent elsewhere until Twitter stops censoring conservatives.

    Governor Abbot Brings the Wood

    Thursday, May 12th, 2016

    Texas Governor Greg Abbott delivered a full-bore conservative speech to the Texas Republican Convention today. Thus far I have not been able to find the full text online, but Twitchy offered up some excerpts from Abbott’s Twitter account.

    A few samples:

    “You don’t have an army. You’ve got 500 marxists in mom’s basement.”

    Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

    TL:DR Summary: Social Justice Warriors tried to pull their usual social justice warrior thing, in this case trying to get a presenter for a programming conference called LambdaConf kicked off because he said politically incorrect things on his blog. LambdaConf told them, far too politely, to get stuffed. So next the SJW managed to pressure some sponsors into pulling out. In response, conference organizers put up an Indigopop appeal to make up the funding shortfall and support free speech.

    Result: They reached their funding goal in one day.

    Rather than deploy my own snark, I’m going to lazily embedded ClarkHat’s far more deliciously pointed Tweets on the same subject:

    But I have to thank the SJW things for one thing: Without them, it might have been a while before I delved into Urbit, the project of the guy they want to ban. It’s completely off the hook, utterly bonkers and probably entirely feasible. It’s halfway between early open source goals and something out of a Greg Egan novel. Here’s an early look at same from ClarkHat,

    (Hat tip: Borepatch.)

    Twitter War on Conservatives Update

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

    I’d sure like to get back to reporting on minor subjects like this Presidential election thing, but Twitter #FreeStacy news just keeps exploding:

  • Twitter told Robert Stacy McCain that they would not restore his @SexTroubleBook account, but also would not detail why it was suspended other than a vague reference to “targeted abuse.”
  • Adam Baldwin announces he’s leaving Twitter over suppression of conservative accounts.
  • So has Ace of Spades HQ.
  • So has Larry Correia. “Their stock price has been tanking.”
  • Speaking of Twitter stock prices, here’s a chart:

    Twitter Stock Price

    You can almost smell the shareholder value burning…

  • James Lileks weighs in. “It’s about ethics in banning! Sorry. But it is, in a way; it’s about transparency in moderating.” (Hat tip: Ed Driscoll at Instaundit.)
  • Since Twitter has sought to silence Robert Stacy McCain, I’ve been Tweeting links to his articles on newly-empowered Twitter Head Censor Anita Sarkeesian. Like this one for today: “For dishonest women like Anita Sarkeesian, feminism is a sort of alchemy by which bullshit is transformed into cash.”
  • Da Tech Guy has a theory: “Stacy McCain is the test case and with a candidate even worse that John Kerry at the top of the ticket you will see Twitter acting decisively to suppress conservative opinions on their platform and by the time election day rolls around you will see things that will make his banning look like a kiss in the cheek.”
  • While I can certainly understand Baldwin, Ace, etc. leaving Twitter (a tremendous timesink even when the company isn’t trying to Emmanuel Goldstein you), I feel that it’s the wroing strategy. I think it’s best to go down fighting so that every act of suppressing conservative thought is as painful as possible for those involved in the suppressing.