Largest-ever DDoS strike rocks CLOUDFLARE -- China's censors to enlist MICROSOFT? -- KLOUT scores $100M -- ALIBABA coming to America -- TWITTER apes Facebook


February 12, 2014 06:00 PST | 09:00 EST | 14:00 UTC

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>> GOING NUCLEAR: Biggest DDoS ever aimed at Cloudflare's content delivery network, by Sean Gallagher: "A distributed denial-of-service attack targeting a client of the content delivery network Cloudflare reached new highs in malicious traffic today, striking at the company's data centers in Europe and the US. According to a Twitter post by Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince, the full volume of the attack exceeded 400 gigabits per second--making it the largest DDoS attack ever recorded. The attack used Network Time Protocol (NTP) reflection, the same technique used in recent attacks against gaming sites by a group called DERP Trolling. NTP is used to synchronize the time settings on computers across the Internet. The attack made fraudulent synchronization requests to NTP servers that caused them to send a flood of replies back at the targeted sites." Ars Technica

>> STRANGE BEDFELLOWS: Microsoft Bing censoring Chinese language search results for users in the US, by Dominic Rushe: "English and Chinese language queries for terms such as 'Dalai Lama' return radically different results on Microsoft search engine... Google, by contrast, generates broadly similar results for both English and Chinese searches." The Guardian

> Microsoft denies claims that it scrubs Chinese-language Bing searches The Register

>> ACHILLES' HEEL: Hacked X-rays could slip guns past airport security, by Kim Zetter: "Could a threat-simulation feature found in airport x-ray machines around the country be subverted to mask weapons or other contraband hidden in a traveler's carry-on? The answer is yes, according to two security researchers with a history of discovering flaws in critical systems, who purchased their own x-ray control machine online and spent months analyzing its inner workings. The researchers, Billy Rios and Terry McCorkle, say the so-called Threat Image Projection function could someday backfire. The feature is designed to train x-ray operators, and to periodically test their proficiency at spotting banned items. It allows supervisors to superimpose a chosen image of contraband onto the screen of any baggage system in the airport. That same capability would allow someone with access to the airport supervisor's workstation to superimpose a harmless image of socks or underwear over an x-ray scan that would otherwise reveal a weapon or explosive." Wired

>> MONEY SHOT (SCORE 100): Lithium Technologies to acquire Klout, by Liz Gannes, Kara Swisher: "The deal is signed but not closed... while the numbers are fuzzy given they account for a mix of cash and Lithium private stock, the acquisition is... at least $100 million. It's a dead-on fit in terms of topic focus for the two companies, but it's also a save for San Francisco-based Klout... Lithium provides social customer experience management software for the enterprise... Klout's business focuses on analyzing who is influential in social media, which is simplified into a score on a scale of 100." Re/code

> Klout, the Mashable of social influence measurement, gets acquired: What I think this means for social business Marshall Kirkpatrick

> Yahoo acquires social diary company Wander for a price over $10M TechCrunch >> COMING ATTRACTIONS: Alibaba backs new e-commerce site 11 Main, big US splash still to come, by Jason Del Rey: "Alibaba Group confirmed on Tuesday that two of its subsidiaries are creating a new U.S. e-commerce site called 11 Main, which will be a marketplace for local merchants to sell their goods online. The upcoming launch marks the latest signal that the massive Chinese Internet company is preparing a big splash in the U.S. online retail market... It is being jointly created by Auctiva and Vendio, two startups that Alibaba's business division acquired in 2010. Both of those companies have a history of helping business owners sell their wares in online marketplaces." Re/code

> Alibaba seeks full control of AutoNavi for $1.13 billion Wall Street Journal

>> RICKROLLING: Facebook fraud: Click farms & fake likes, by Barry Ritholtz: "I know first-hand that Facebook's advertising model is deeply flawed. When I paid to promote my page I gained 80,000 followers in developing countries who didn't care about Veritasium (but I wasn't aware of this at the time). They drove my reach and engagement numbers down, basically rendering the page useless. I am not the only one who has experienced this. Rory Cellan-Jones had the same luck with Virtual Bagel.... The US Department of State spent $630,000 to acquire 2 million page likes and then realized only 2% were engaged." The Big Picture

>> MAN BITES DOG: Twitter testing major profile redesign that looks a lot like Facebook, by Samantha Murphy Kelly: "Twitter is testing a major profile redesign that's very reminiscent of Facebook and Google+.... Mashable assistant features editor Matt Petronzio spotted on Tuesday a huge update to his Twitter profile page, with the main picture and bio scaled to the left and significantly more real estate dedicated to the header photo.... The revamped tweet stream is also a departure from its signature look. There is a greater focus on photos and content cards. It moves away from a strictly vertical timeline too." Mashable

>> DEPARTURE LOUNGE: Apple promotions: New heads of HR and Apple University, by Buster Heine: "Apple announced this morning that it has promoted Denise Young Smith to lead its human resources worldwide for the company. Smith has been working as Apple's chief of human resources for retail operations, but will replace Joel Podolny, who's moving over to work full-time on Apple University." Cult of Mac

> Apple loses key iPad, Mac operations VP Rita Lane to retirement 9to5Mac

> I wanted to work at Apple really bad, and now not so much Medium

>> WASHINGTON WIRE: The day the Internet didn't fight back, by Nicole Perlroth: "So much for mass protest. A consortium of Internet and privacy activists had long promoted Feb. 11 as the day the Internet would collectively stand up and shout down surveillance by the National Security Agency... Wikipedia did not participate. Reddit -- which went offline for 12 hours during the protests two years ago -- added an inconspicuous banner to its homepage. Sites like Tumblr, Mozilla and DuckDuckGo, which were listed as organizers, did nothing to their homepages. The most vocal protesters were the usual suspects: activist groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International and Greenpeace." New York Times/Bits

>> Open-source video platform Kaltura scores $47M VentureBeat

>> Stripe goes global, with its API now accepting payments in 130 currencies TechCrunch

>> Mozilla to sell tiled ads on the new tabs page in Firefox Advertising Age

>> Cisco investment in Embrane signals industry shift Network Computing

>> IBM layoffs strike first in India; workers describe cuts as 'slaughter' and 'massive' WRAL TechWire

>> DigitalOcean launches Singapore data center, continues simplicity-based assault on Amazon's cloud dominance Pando

>> Boom or bust: The lowdown on code academies InfoWorld

>> Steve Jobs time capsule dug up after 30 years: Exclusive video Cnet

>> Square tapped by Whole Foods in its second big in-store payments deal TechCrunch

>> The one about the new Microsoft CEO Hal Berenson

>> Patch Tuesday surprise: Microsoft unexpectedly issues patches for 24 critical Internet Explorer flaws NetworkWorld

>> Developer survey: HTML5 gaining, Windows slipping InfoWorld

>> Report paints bleak picture for IT jobs in 2014 InfoWorld

>> Instagram bug would have let hackers peek at private photos for at least last six months Forbes

>> The bitcoin community is convinced today's attack is a huge buying opportunity Business Insider

>> BITCOIN: $536 Mt.Gox

>> TWEET O' THE DAY: "Look, I'm flattered, National Clothing Chain, but if I wear your 'slim fit' anything your sizing is catastrophically wrong." @OKnox

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