BMW made a motorcycle helmet that builds in the best parts of Google Glass

Posted by on Ιαν 28, 2016 in HeadLines, Motorcycles, Technology | 0 comments

BMW made a motorcycle helmet that builds in the best parts of Google Glass

BMW made a motorcycle helmet that builds in the best parts of Google Glass The concept could be reality in a couple years By Jacob Kastrenakes Nearly four years ago, Google published a video previewing what it might be like to use an augmented reality headset. It showed all kinds of useful information hanging out in the corner of your vision, and then that same information lowering into your view as you needed to know critical details, like how to get from one place to another. That fascinating concept never made it to life — all we got was Google Glass. But now BMW is taking some of that video’s best ideas and turning them into a much more useful product. It’s making a motorcycle helmet with a Glass-like heads-up-display, allowing information like speed limits, directions, and incoming phone calls to be displayed in your field of view. BMW is calling this helmet a concept for now, but it had a wearable demo on display at CES. The helmet has an exceptionally snug fit — I’m told this is normal for motorcycle helmets — and it took me a minute to get the eyepiece in a place where I could read it. Once it was on, BMW put me on a stationary motorcycle, complete with rumbling, noise, and fans to throw wind in your face. It then started the bike off on a virtual drive, with a screen in front of me displaying an empty road that winds past fields of grass and along the side of a cliff. It’s immediately clear why this tech is useful As soon as the ride started, a glowing green box appeared in the center of my vision, with the bike’s increasing speed displayed on the left and its current gear displayed smaller on the right. Note that, unlike in BMW’s promotional imagery, the demo I saw only included one color: green. The bigger problem for me was that the text was sitting right on top of the road. After adjusting the helmet a bit, I was able to get it to a comfortable spot off to the right, where I could see my speed without it getting in the way. I’m not sure where the display is supposed to sit; BMW shows it at the bottom, but I can’t even imagine how it would get down there. Still, even at this prototype stage, it was immediately clear how BMW’s helmet can improve upon some of the key promises of Glass. For one, this is a motorcycle helmet — not something you’re going to be wearing all day — so the eyepiece can be much bigger, making it easier to read. There’s also an obvious and very helpful use case: motorcycle riders won’t have to look down to see their speed; it also offers pertinent information — road safety updates, maps, and so on — that they otherwise wouldn’t have a way to check. BMW hopes to bring its helmet from concept to a retail product within a few years. It likely still has a lot to do. While the display, which comes from an augmented-reality eyepiece company called DigiLens, already works fairly well, much of the helmet’s intelligence — its ability to connect to the bike and your phone — appears to be incomplete, explaining why BMW was showing a scripted, non-interactive...

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Windows 10 should i?

Posted by on Ιαν 7, 2016 in Technology | 0 comments

Windows 10 should  i?

Written by Gavin Phillips Windows 10 is roughly five months old. Considering its relatively short consumer facing existence, Windows 10 has generated miles of column length, billions of characters, and has left some users wondering just what on Earth is going on in their Windows 10 powered device. At this grand old age, and as we approach the peak new device period, we ask ourselves “is it time to upgrade to Windows 10?” Why You Should Upgrade Windows 10 received some excellent reviews following its late July 2015 release. Rightly so; it seemed to be the long-awaited merging of the best of Windows 7, 8, and 8.1, forming a somewhat delightful lovechild Microsoft dubbed “Windows 10,” skipping a numerical generation to deliver what Microsoft calls its “final operating system.” Windows 10 brought forth a number of exciting features, and sent a few less-than-popular features packing. Microsoft’s virtual AI assistant Cortana, despite initial teething problems, clearly has massive potential. The Windows 8 Metro-style was toned down to allow Windows 7 users the chance to acclimatize, and the new Start Menu really is an excellent feature that has been reconsidered from the end-user perspective. Microsoft also appears to have listened to their massive audience, too. The Windows 8 environment pushed upon desktop users is vastly scaled back in favor of a considered balance between traditional desktop users, and those accessing Windows 10 using a touch-first-device. This is epitomized in Windows 10 Continuum feature, allowing you to efficiently switch between desktop and tablet mode, using peripherals to initiate the mode switch, if required.  Microsoft also reimagined some of their core utilities. The new Settings app is easier to navigate, again with touch-devices in mind, and the search-navigation bar makes finding and using system settings that much easier for new users. Certainly an intuitive system switch. Similarly, Microsoft overhauled the base Mail and Calendar applications, delivering vastly improved, vastly efficient experiences compared to their Windows 8 counterparts. Windows 10 will keep your system updated, all the time, with new features, security patches, and more. For some users, and I’ll elaborate on this in a moment, this is a terrible “upgrade” in the Windows ecosystem. But for other users, mitigating security hole vulnerabilities is a big plus, and that their device will be updated without having to consider the options only adds to the positive feedback. Finally, gamers may well consider the upgrades to DirectX available for Windows 10, with DX12 support as standard, and many users have reported improved battery performance, even on some older devices. Something to think about. Why You Shouldn’t Upgrade Have you got ten minutes? Microsoft has once again shipped a bug-filled operating system, seemingly designed to destroy any remaining hope that the Redmond-based software giant has made good on past errors. Windows 10 is far from finalized, though you’ll see the issues affect different demographics to different degrees. One of the biggest gripes concerns alterations to Windows Update. The update system you’ll be familiar with from Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 has been removed. The replacement is an altogether more totalitarian system, where updates are 99% obligatory, and you cannot opt-out of feature updates. Microsoft has relatively patchy history when it comes to updates, but the removal of end-user choice is what has truly irked potential and current users alike. Much has...

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Ex-federal agent gets 6 years for stealing Silk Road bitcoins

Posted by on Δεκ 8, 2015 in Bitcoin, HeadLines | 0 comments

Ex-federal agent gets 6 years for stealing Silk Road bitcoins

Ex-federal agent gets 6 years for stealing Silk Road bitcoins Shaun Bridges, the second federal agent taken to court for stealing Bitcoins while investigating Silk Road, has been sentenced to 71 months or almost six years in prison. US District Judge Richard Seeborg told the court that he was compelled to hand a high-end sentence for one count of money laundering and one count of obstructing justice, as he saw the case as “an extremely serious crime consisting of the betrayal of public trust from a public official” motivated by greed. Bridges, who was part of the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force, ransacked drug dealers’ accounts, locking them out and stealing around 20,000 bitcoins in all. That was worth around $350,000 at the time, but as of this writing, that number of bitcoins is already equivalent to almost $8 million. According to Ars Technica, Bridges obtained access to various Silk Road accounts when the feds struck a deal with Curtis Green, a customer service rep for the website, back in 2013. Green took the witness stand during his trial to reveal that the former Secret Service personnel asked him to explain how to change account passwords three times when he was briefing them about the website. Bridges then used Green’s account to plunder wallets and transfer bitcoins into his own — an act Green called calculated, as the agent knew that Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht would easily find out who made the transactions. Green said Ulbricht and his senior adviser Variety Jones, who was arrested in Thailand a few days ago, wanted him dead after that, and he received numerous death threats as a result. Stealing wasn’t Bridges’ only offense, though: he also caused other investigations to fold up. Since the bitcoins he stole couldn’t stay in that initial wallet forever, he transferred them to all to Mt. Gox. Yes, that’s the controversial Japan-based bitcoin exchange service that closed up after allegedly losing a lot of money to a security breach and an inside job. Ars says Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Kathryn Haun told the court that when Bridges found out about the feds’ Mt. Gox investigation, he quickly withdrew all his money out to make sure they don’t find his details there. He then “turned around to the AUSA and did a civil seizure warrant to [Mt. Gox founder Mark] Karpeles.” Bridges pled guilty in October, the same month Carl Mark Force IV, another Baltimore Silk Road investigator who stole bitcoins from the government and the users they were investigating, was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison. In addition to serving time behind bars, the judge has also ordered Bridges to forfeit $651,000 taken from here! Κοινοποιήστε:Μοιραστείτε τοΠατήστε για κοινοποίηση στο Facebook(Ανοίγει σε νέο παράθυρο)Κλικ για να το μοιραστείτε στο Twitter(Ανοίγει σε νέο παράθυρο)Κλικ για να το μοιραστείτε στο LinkedIn(Ανοίγει σε νέο παράθυρο)Κλικ για να το μοιραστείτε στο Google+(Ανοίγει σε νέο παράθυρο)Κλικ για αποστολή μέσω email(Ανοίγει σε νέο...

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Article: Surface Book Review: Windows has its first flagship laptop

Posted by on Νοέ 1, 2015 in Technology, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Article: Surface Book Review: Windows has its first flagship laptop

Surface Book review: Windows has its first flagship laptop by Napier Lopez Tweet  When was the last time you were really excited about a laptop – especially a Windows one? For several years, hype in the tech world has largely revolved around phones, tablets and smartwatches, and there arguably hasn’t been a truly revolutionary laptop since Apple pulled a MacBook Air out of a manila envelope in 2008. Some spec bumps and crazy designs, sure, but nothing that really changed the way we used our devices. But then Microsoft surprised the world with the Surface Book a couple of weeks ago, and something special happened: we finally had an exciting laptop again. A device with great design, ultrabook dimensions, 12-hour battery life, dedicated graphics… and it could turn into a tablet? It almost sounded too good to be true, but after a couple of weeks using the Surface Book, I’m happy to report Microsoft not only built one of the best laptops you can buy right now, it also created one of the most forward-looking devices I’ve used in years. It’s gorgeously engineered I’ve got to hand it to Microsoft; it’s somehow managed to build an all-metal laptop that doesn’t look like a Macbook. In the couple of weeks I’ve used it, I’ve had four completely random people approach me just to ask what laptop I was using. The dynamic fulcrum hinge looks really cool. That’s largely thanks to the Surface Book’s zany ‘dynamic-fulcrum’ hinge, which kind of looks like an awesome cross between a scorpion tail and a bendy straw, but also helps keep the relatively top-heavy design (more on this in a bit) from toppling over by elongating the base when folded out. It stands out, and it makes a statement. The hinge might initally look like it can to bend 360 degrees a-la Lenovo Yoga, but it actually has a relatively short range (also likely to help stop it from falling over). The screen is a little wobblier than some laptop hinges, but it never bothered me. The Surface Book is built from a magnesium alloy chiseled into a chassis slightly larger than a 13-inch MacBook Pro. It’s thicker at the hinge due to the gap with the keyboard, but is slightly thinner on the other end. Microsoft’s laptop is actually lighter than the MBP in its base configuration, but with the GPU – which the Pro doesn’t offer – weighs an identical 3.48 pounds. Surface Book vs MBP That is, until you detach the display. In something of a minor engineering miracle, Microsoft managed to fit all the basic computing components in just the top portion of the laptop – the keyboard base houses just a larger battery, ports and optional discrete graphics. Press the eject key on the top right of the keyboard, and suddenly you have a really big – but really thin and light – tablet. Seriously, it weighs just 1.6 pounds (about the same as the original iPad, which had a 9.7 – inch display), and it’s almost exactly as thick as an iPad mini. Surface Book vs iPad mini Impressive engineering aside, it also just looks really nice, striking a purposeful balance between retro and futuristic. For instance, the metal is whiter and more matte than most metal laptops; it’s clearly silver most of the time, but in some lighting it looks a bit like 90’s beige. Plus, the lines created by the hinge...

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Nerves rattled by highly suspicious Windows Update delivered worldwide

Posted by on Σεπ 30, 2015 in Technology | 0 comments

Nerves rattled by highly suspicious Windows Update delivered worldwide

Nerves rattled by highly suspicious Windows Update delivered worldwide by Dan Goodin – Sep 30, 2015 9:27pm EEST Microsoft said a highly suspicious Windows update that was delivered to customers around the world was the result of a test that wasn’t correctly implemented. “We incorrectly published a test update and are in the process of removing it,” a Microsoft spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to Ars. The message included no other information. The explanation came more than 12 hours after people around the world began receiving the software bulletin through the official Windows Update, raising widespread speculation that Microsoft’s automatic patching mechanism was broken or, worse, had been compromised to attack end users. Fortunately, now that Microsoft has finally weighed in, that worst-case scenario can be ruled out. What follows is the remainder of this post as it appeared before the company issued its explanation. This Web search, which queries the random-appearing string included in the payload, suggests that it’s being delivered to people in multiple regions. The same unexplained and almost certainly unauthorized patch is being reported in a variety of online posts, including this one hosted by Microsoft. The updates appear to be coming directly from servers that are cryptographically certified to be part of Microsoft’s Windows Update system. “Clearly there’s something that’s delivered into the [Windows Update] queue that’s trusted,” Kenneth White, a Washington DC-based security researcher, told Ars after contacting some of the Windows users who received the suspicious update. “For someone to compromise the Windows Update server, that’s a pretty serious vector. I don’t raise the alarm very often but this has just enough characteristics of something pretty serious that I think it’s worth looking at.” White is still trying to obtain a copy of the binary file that gets delivered to people receiving the update. He plans to run it in a restricted environment to see exactly how it gets delivered and what it does once it’s installed. One person reported that the update won’t download. White said for those who can get the download to work, the payload should be located at c:\windows\msdownload\update\software\defu\2015\09\testexe_xxxxxxx.exe (where xxxxxxx is the random-appearing characters found in the update bulletin. A Microsoft spokesman said company officials are investigating the reports. One user has reported installing the update and finding that it rendered the computer largely inoperable. “My laptop was screwed after the update,” the user, ByGodZombie, reported in a comment to this post. “Windows explorer crashes VERY frequently now and most of my programs stopped working even in admin mode. System restore didn’t work and I don’t have the information I need for a reinstall. Basically whatever it was killed my system and compromised my gear so I wouldn’t want to look up anything sensitive to personal data on your machine.” Assuming the worst, that Windows Update has been compromised, it wouldn’t be the first time. The Flame malware reportedly developed by the US and Israel to spy on Iran hijacked Windows update so it could spread from one PC to another inside infected local networks. Earlier this year, researchers demonstrated an attack on the Windows Update servers used by large organizations to patch large fleets of computers they operate. It’s still extremely early in the investigation into this unusual behavior. So far, all the accounts viewed by Ars report...

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APIs Are The New FTEs

Posted by on Σεπ 7, 2015 in Technology | 0 comments

APIs Are The New FTEs

  APIs Are The New FTEs by Gaurav Jain Crunch Network Contributor Facebook, Google and Twitter have to deal with outrageous amounts of spam and abuse. They hire teams of engineers to stop trolls, outwit bad actors and otherwise keep their walled gardens free of misanthropes. It’s a costly business. Pete Hunt, Josh Yudaken and Julian Tempelsman worked on anti-fraud technologies at Facebook, Instagram and Google; they dealt with phishing, hacking and other challenges on a daily basis. Huge teams of Full-Time Employees, or FTEs, are charged with stopping these attacks at other companies, and it’s easy to imagine millions of dollars per year being spent on the problem. When Hunt, Yudaken and Tempelsman realized that most startups couldn’t afford to have anti-abuse teams of that scale, they quit to start a company called Smyte. Now, the knowledge of the world’s leading experts is available as an API for a fraction of their former salaries. We thought it was a great team and a great idea, and eagerly invested. But more importantly, it helped us crystallize an idea about how the startup landscape is changing. In The New World, FTEs Will Become APIs The team at Smyte isn’t alone. Much has been made about how the dropping cost of website infrastructure has spurred a boom in startup formation, with Amazon Web Services held up as the prime example. The capital cost of servers has been eliminated, but even more important is the plummeting human cost. A decade ago, a VP of engineering at a startup might have evaluated the resumes of five solid front-end engineers. Five years ago that VP would have looked at GitHub profiles. Today, they are just as likely to evaluate a front-end framework like Ionic, Meteor or Aurelia and build it themselves. It’s not just front-end options. We’ve seen a massive proliferation in frameworks, libraries and other tools that allow a single talented engineer to do the work of a team. Companies and products like Heroku, Celery, RabbitMQ, Mandrill, Fastly, Chartio, Chargebee, Shipwire, Docker, Codeship, Rainforest QA, Replicated and Chartbeat have changed the nature of tech development. These are just a small subset of services that replace the work of individuals or entire teams. You could probably find most of them represented as laptop stickers in a single San Francisco coffee shop! APIs For All KPIs This trend applies as much to marketing and front-office activities. Sawhorse Media spends $55,930.08 on SaaS services every year. That may seem like a fortune for many startups, but imagine trying to find a single employee that could cover all those bases for that sum? In the absence of these service, startups would have to hire one or more employees to fill the role. Instead of bringing on new employees, they can empower a small team of engineers and designers to multiply their efforts using the company credit card. WordPress Ate Webmasters This trend has pros and cons. It will make life harder for those with only mid-tier technical knowledge. Look at what WordPress has done to “webmasters.” The blogging platform turned CMS has colonized the web, and accounts for ~23 percent of Internet traffic. A decade ago, a simple marketing task like setting up a website required tech chops. You’d have to write specs, commission a designer and hire a...

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Το πρώτο Bitcoin ATM στην Ελλάδα

Posted by on Ιούλ 3, 2015 in Bitcoin, HeadLines | 0 comments

Το πρώτο Bitcoin ATM στην Ελλάδα

Press Release: Είναι γεγονός , το πρώτο Bitcoin ATM βρίσκεται στην Ελλάδα και συγκεκριμένα στην Αθήνα. Το ΑΤΜ είναι το Satoshi 1  της εταιρίας Genesis  και θα συνδεθεί με την πλατφόρμα BitcoinsGreece.com Επισκεφτείτε το ATM για να εκτυπώσετε ΔΩΡΕΑΝ το πρώτο ψηφιακό πορτοφόλι (digital wallet) και εγγραφείτε στο Bitcoins Greece για να σας κάνουμε ΔΩΡΟ το πρώτο mBitcoin (mBTC) με την εγγραφή σας χρησιμοποιώντας το κουπόνι με κωδικό:  ‘BTCPROMO’  (ισχύει μέχρι 30/06)  Η διεύθυνσή του είναι : ΙΩΑΝΝΟΥ ΘΗΒΑΙΟΥ 20 , ΑΧΑΡΝΑΙ , ΤΚ: 13673 στο βιβλιοπωλείο ΟΡΙΖΟΝΤΕΣ απέναντι απο την εφορία.  Σε συνεργασία με το www.bitnews.gr έχει δημιουργηθεί ένα ημερολόγιο όπου θα δημοσιεύονται νεές πληροφορίες , εμπειρίες , σχόλια και φωτογραφίες σχετικά με το ΑΤΜ Taken from Here!       Κοινοποιήστε:Μοιραστείτε τοΠατήστε για κοινοποίηση στο Facebook(Ανοίγει σε νέο παράθυρο)Κλικ για να το μοιραστείτε στο Twitter(Ανοίγει σε νέο παράθυρο)Κλικ για να το μοιραστείτε στο LinkedIn(Ανοίγει σε νέο παράθυρο)Κλικ για να το μοιραστείτε στο Google+(Ανοίγει σε νέο παράθυρο)Κλικ για αποστολή μέσω email(Ανοίγει σε νέο...

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Hello World

Posted by on Ιούν 2, 2015 in HeadLines, Technology, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hello World

Hello World : Windows 10 Available on July 29 by Terry Myerson Today, I’m excited to share the availability date for Windows 10. In fact, I thought I’d let Cortana, the world’s most personal digital assistant, share the news. You can ask Cortana for the answer, or if you don’t have a Windows phone or a PC running the Windows 10 Insider Preview handy – you can hear it for yourself here: Through the feedback and testing of over four million Windows Insiders, we’ve made great progress on Windows 10 and we’re nearly ready to deliver this free upgrade to all of our Windows customers*. Do Great Things with Windows 10 We designed Windows 10 to create a new generation of Windows for the 1.5 billion people using Windows today in 190 countries around the world. With Windows 10, we start delivering on our vision of more personal computing, defined by trust in how we protect and respect your personal information, mobility of the experience across your devices, and natural interactions with your Windows devices, including speech, touch, ink, and holograms. We designed Windows 10 to run our broadest device family ever, including Windows PCs, Windows tablets, Windows phones, Windows for the Internet of Things, Microsoft Surface Hub, Xbox One and Microsoft HoloLens—all working together to empower you to do great things. Familiar, yet better than ever, Windows 10 brings back the Start menu you know and love. Windows 10 is faster than ever before, with quick startup and resume. And Windows 10 provides the most secure platform ever, including Windows Defender for free anti-malware protection, and being the only platform with a commitment to deliver free ongoing security updates for the supported lifetime of the device. We’ve designed Windows 10 to help you be more productive and have more fun, with a range of innovations**: Cortana, the world’s first truly personal digital assistant helps you get things done. Cortana learns your preferences to provide relevant recommendations, fast access to information, and important reminders. Interaction is natural and easy via talking or typing. And the Cortana experience works not just on your PC, but can notify and help you on your smartphone too. Microsoft Edge, is an all-new browser designed to get things done online in new ways, with built-in commenting on the web – via typing or inking — sharing comments, and a reading view that makes reading web sites much faster and easier. With Cortana integrated, Microsoft Edge offers quick results and content based on your interests and preferences. Fast, streamlined and personal, you can focus on just the content that matters to you and actively engage with the web. Office on Windows: In addition to the Office 2016 full featured desktop suite, Windows 10 users will be able to experience new universal Windows applications for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, all available separately. These offer a consistent, touch-first experience across a range of devices to increase you productivity. Designed from the ground up to run on Windows 10, you can easily create and edit Word documents, and deliver PowerPoint presentations while annotating on the fly. With new touch-first controls in Excel you can create or update spreadsheets without a keyboard or mouse. You will also be able to enjoy new versions of OneNote and Outlook, which are included with...

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C.H.I.P., ο υπολογιστής των $9

Posted by on Μαΐ 12, 2015 in HeadLines, Technology | 0 comments

C.H.I.P., ο υπολογιστής των $9

Source: PCmag Αν ο Raspberry Pi2 σας μοιάζει μικρός και οικονομικός, τότε μάλλον θα πρέπει να αναθεωρήσετε. Ο C.H.I.P. της Next Thing είναι ένας υπολογιστής open-source και κοστίζει μόλις 9 δολάρια. Ο C.H.I.P., όπως και ο Raspberry μπορεί να χρησιμοποιηθεί με ποικίλους τρόπους. Αν συνδέσετε σε αυτόν τα απαραίτητα περιφερειακά – mouse, keyboard και οθόνη – γίνεται PC. Διαφορετικά, μπορείτε να τον κάνετε έναν emulator για retro games, ή ένα robot. H Next Thing ενθαρρύνει τους χρήστες να μάθουν κώδικα και να κάνουν πολλά πράγματα με τον C.H.I.P. Τα τεχνικά χαρακτηριστικά του C.H.I.P. περιλαμβάνουν επεξεργαστή Allwinner A13 στο 1GHz, 512MB RAM και 4GB εσωτερικής μνήμης, τα οποία τον καθιστούν ικανό για να τρέχει εφαρμογές και για περιήγηση στο Διαδίκτυο. Επίσης, διαθέτει μία θύρα USB, μια micro USB, audio jack με μικρόφωνο που γίνεται και έξοδος εικόνας, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n και Bluetooth 4.0. To C.H.I.P. τρέχει λειτουργικό βασισμένο στο Linux. H χρηματοδότηση του γίνεται αυτή τη στιγμή μέσω του kickstarter. Δείτε το video, στο οποίο οι δημιουργοί του C.H.I.P. εξηγούν τι είναι και τι κάνει. C.H.I.P. Taken from here! Κοινοποιήστε:Μοιραστείτε τοΠατήστε για κοινοποίηση στο Facebook(Ανοίγει σε νέο παράθυρο)Κλικ για να το μοιραστείτε στο Twitter(Ανοίγει σε νέο παράθυρο)Κλικ για να το μοιραστείτε στο LinkedIn(Ανοίγει σε νέο παράθυρο)Κλικ για να το μοιραστείτε στο Google+(Ανοίγει σε νέο παράθυρο)Κλικ για αποστολή μέσω email(Ανοίγει σε νέο...

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H μεγαλύτερη επίθεση DDoS όλων των εποχών

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H μεγαλύτερη επίθεση DDoS όλων των εποχών

From:PCMag Greece H μεγαλύτερη επίθεση DDoS όλων των εποχών Η Arbor Networks, Inc. προμηθευτής λύσεων DDoS και προστασίας έναντι απειλών για εταιρικά δίκτυα και δίκτυα παρόχων υπηρεσιών, δημοσίευσε τα στοιχεία επιθέσεων DDoS σε παγκόσμια κλίμακα για το 1ο τρίμηνο του 2015, τα οποία καταδεικνύουν μια συνεχή ροή επιθέσεων εξαιρετικά μεγάλου όγκου. Η Arbor λέει ότι, ανάμεσα σε αυτές συμπεριλαμβάνεται η μεγαλύτερη επίθεση που κατέγραψε ποτέ το σύστημα συλλογής πληροφοριών για απειλές ATLAS της, μια επίθεση τάξης μεγέθους 334 Gbps με στόχο έναν πάροχο υπηρεσιών διαδικτύου στην Ασία. Κατά το 1ο τρίμηνο του 2015, εκδηλώθηκαν 25 επιθέσεις μεγέθους μεγαλύτερου από 100 Gbps σε παγκόσμιο επίπεδο, λέει η Arbor. Το περασμένο έτος, η Arbor δηλώνει ότι τεκμηρίωσε μια δραματική αύξηση στο μέγεθος των επιθέσεων DDoS. Η πλειονότητα των πρόσφατων πολύ μεγάλων επιθέσεων εκμεταλλεύεται την τεχνική ενίσχυσης της ανάκλασης, η οποία χρησιμοποιεί το Network Time Protocol [NTP], το Simple Service Discovery Protocol [SSDP] και τους διακομιστές DNS, με ένα μεγάλο αριθμό σημαντικών επιθέσεων να ανιχνεύεται παντού σε ολόκληρο τον κόσμο, σύμφωνα με τις πληροφορίες της Arbor. Οι επιθέσεις DDoS σε πραγματικό χρόνο Η Arbor ενημερώνει ότι η ενίσχυση ανάκλασης είναι μια τεχνική, η οποία επιτρέπει στον εκάστοτε επιτιθέμενο ταυτόχρονα να μεγεθύνει την ποσότητα της κίνησης που έχει τη δυνατότητα να παράγει αλλά και να αποκρύψει τις αρχικές πηγές της εν λόγω απειλητικής κίνησης. Η συγκεκριμένη τεχνική βασίζεται σε δύο ατυχείς πραγματικότητες: Αρχικά, ακόμη και τώρα ένας μεγάλος αριθμός παρόχων υπηρεσιών δεν χρησιμοποιούν φίλτρα στις παρυφές του δικτύου τους με σκοπό τον αποκλεισμό κίνησης με “πλαστογραφημένη” [παραπλανητική] διεύθυνση IP. Επιπλέον, στο Διαδίκτυο υπάρχει πληθώρα συσκευών που χαρακτηρίζονται από ανεπαρκή ρύθμιση παραμέτρων και από ελλειμματική προστασία, οι οποίες παρέχουν υπηρεσίες UDP προσφέροντας ένα συντελεστή ενίσχυσης μεταξύ ενός query που αποστέλλεται σε αυτές και της απάντησης που παράγεται. Τα δεδομένα της Arbor συλλέγονται μέσω του συστήματος ATLAS, το οποίο είναι προϊόν συνεργασίας περισσότερων από 330 πελατών – παρόχων υπηρεσιών, που μοιράζονται δεδομένα ανώνυμης κίνησης με την Arbor, έχοντας ως στόχο να προσφέρουν μια συνολική, αθροιστική εικόνα της κίνησης και των απειλών σε παγκόσμια κλίμακα. Η ATLAS συλλέγει στατιστικά στοιχεία τα οποία αντιπροσωπεύουν 120 Tbps Διαδικτυακής κίνησης και παρέχει τα δεδομένα για την κατάρτιση του Χάρτη Ψηφιακών Επιθέσεων. Το τελευταίο οπτικοποιεί την παγκόσμια απειλητική κίνηση και δημιουργήθηκε σε συνεργασία με την υπηρεσία Google Ideas. Άλλα αξιοσημείωτα στατιστικά στοιχεία αναφορικά με τις επιθέσεις DDoS που σημειώθηκαν το 1ο τρίμηνο του 2015, σύμφωνα με την Arbor είναι: •Οι επιθέσεις ανάκλασης SSDP αυξάνονται γεωμετρικά από χρόνο σε χρόνο αποτελώντας ένα εξαιρετικό παράδειγμα του τρόπου με τον οποίο οι επιτιθέμενοι αλλάζουν διαρκώς τις τεχνικές που χρησιμοποιούν: Το 1ο τρίμηνο του 2015 καταγράφηκαν 126.000 επιθέσεις τέτοιου τύπου ενώ το 1ο τρίμηνο του 2014 μόλις τρείς. •Οι επιθέσεις είναι μικρότερης διάρκειας αλλά έχουν τη δυνατότητα να επιφέρουν ισχυρότατο πλήγμα: Η πλειονότητα των επιθέσεων είναι βραχύβιες, περίπου 90% αυτών διαρκούν λιγότερο από 1 ώρα “Επιθέσεις, μεγέθους σημαντικά μεγαλύτερου από το επίπεδο των 200Gbps, μπορεί να αποδειχθούν εξαιρετικά επικίνδυνες για τους παρόχους δικτυακών υπηρεσιών και σίγουρα μπορούν να προκαλέσουν παράπλευρες ζημίες στα δίκτυα παρόχων υπηρεσιών, υπηρεσιών φιλοξενίας Cloud και εταιρικών δικτύων”, λέει ο Darren Anstee, Director, Solutions Architects της Arbor Networks. “Οι επιθέσεις DDoS εξελίσσονται συνεχώς. Όχι μόνο έχουν αυξηθεί οι ογκομετρικές επιθέσεις ως προς το μέγεθος και τη συχνότητα στο διάστημα των τελευταίων 18 μηνών, αλλά και οι επιθέσεις σε επίπεδο εφαρμογής παραμένουν...

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