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ddosRecently security consultanct Brian Krebs' website was hit with a giant Distributed Denial of Service attack designed to take his website offline and disrupt his work.
 
The botnet was made up of nearly 400,000 benign devices such as CCTV camers, video recorders and routers which were all internet connected as part of the 'Internet of Things' (IoT) and used weak passwords such as 12345, admin and password to bombard the site with 665 Gigabits of traffic per second beating the previous record of 363 Gbps.
 
This is entirely the fault of the device manufacturers who don't enforce stronger passwords or hard-code the default passwords in to the device making it unable to be changed.

trafficThe answer seems to be that no one really does.  How about this: internet traffic is half-fake and everyone's known it for years, but there's no incentive to actually acknowledge it.

With very few exceptions, no media property big or small, new or old, online or off, can truly tell you how big its audience is. They may have never thought about it that way — after all, we all get as close as we can to what we think is a reasonably accurate estimation, though we have no way of confirming that — but all these numbers are actually good for (maybe) is relative comparisons. What does it really mean when someone says "a million people" saw something? Or ten or a hundred million? We don't know, and neither do you.

A very interesting article on a matter we all know is subject to wild speculation and guesswork but we don't want to discuss it.

yahoosBut only in 2014. Maybe they got notified by telegram?
 
Yahoo says "state-sponsored" hackers stole information from about 500 million users in what appears to be the largest publicly disclosed cyber-breach in history. The breach included swathes of personal information, including names and emails, as well as “unencrypted security questions and answers”. The hack took place in 2014 but has only now been made public.
 
The data taken includes names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and encrypted passwords, but not credit card data, Yahoo said.
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joomlalogoThe Joomla! Project and the Production Leadership Team are proud to announce the release of Joomla! 3.6 as the latest in the 3.x series.  Joomla! 3.6 introduces more than 400 improvements, including many features which make administration of Joomla! Web sites easier and more feature-rich, as well as many UX (user experience) improvements.  Joomla! 3 is the latest major release of the Joomla! CMS, with 3.6 the seventh standard-term support release in this series.

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joomlalogoWintercorn are proud to announce the release of Joomla! 3.5 as the latest in the 3.x series. Introducing 34 new features, including support for the recently released PHP 7 scripting language, which significantly increases web site speed.
 
This version of Joomla! supports the most recent release of PHP, the most popular programming language for developing web applications. PHP 7 was recently announced with significant performance improvements and is now available for use by the general public. With Joomla! 3.5 users can now enjoy the benefit of that performance improvement.
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