Monthly Archives: November 2016

Bruce Schneier: ‘The internet era of fun and games is over’

Cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier’s take and warning of the current state of the Internet, particularly IoT. While he is coming from a neutral position, some fear that people with agenda will use this to create regulations that restrict freedom and make the current situation worse.

As the chairman pointed out, there are now computers in everything. But I want to suggest another way of thinking about it in that everything is now a computer: This is not a phone. It’s a computer that makes phone calls. A refrigerator is a computer that keeps things cold. ATM machine is a computer with money inside. Your car is not a mechanical device with a computer. It’s a computer with four wheels and an engine… And this is the Internet of Things, and this is what caused the DDoS attack we’re talking about.

Source: Bruce Schneier: ‘The internet era of fun and games is over’

Microsoft announces the next version SQL Server for Windows and Linux

The love for Linux continues under Nadella’s stewardship. Microsoft SQL Server now available on Linux. Who would have thought. In separate news, Microsoft joins Linux foundation.

Microsoft’s announcement that it was bringing its flagship SQL Server database software to Linux came as a major surprise when the company first announced..

Source: Microsoft announces the next version SQL Server for Windows and Linux

IoT Goes Nuclear: Creating a ZigBee Chain Reaction

IoT is increasingly becoming a dirty word for botnet.

Researchers have found ways to hijack a specific type of IoT device – the popular Philips Hue lamp – via ZigBee to do what they want, and make the attack spread wirelessly.

The worm spreads by jumping directly from one lamp to its neighbors, using only their built-in ZigBee wireless connectivity and their physical proximity. The attack can start by plugging in a single infected bulb anywhere in the city, and then catastrophically spread everywhere within minutes, enabling the attacker to turn all the city lights on or off, permanently brick them, or exploit them in a massive DDOS attack.

– IoT Goes Nuclear: Creating a ZigBee Chain Reaction

Visual Studio Code September 2016 1.6

LOL. Microsoft accidentally “DDoS” npmjs.org in the new VS Code release. This is due to a feature in VS Code 1.7 sending a lot of non-cacheable requests. Thankfully they responded quickly and reverted VS Code to the old version.

These typings files drive the IntelliSense (code completions) experience in VS Code. The feature was so great that we started to overload the npmjs.org service.

Source: Visual Studio Code September 2016 1.6