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DDoS Attacks on Rivals of Facebook & WhatsApp

Posted on 30 September 2014 by SlimboCA

In the last weekend of September two of the technology companies, believed to be more secure alternatives of the giants Facebook and WhatsApp, fell victims of severe DDoS attacks. Recently Telegram and Ello were pronounced to be the latest rivals of the social media company Facebook and the recently acquired WhatsApp app for instant messaging.

The Nature of Ello

Ello is a social network with anti-Facebook nature, which is an ad-free platform that accepts new members only if they have an invitation. The new network does not sell data to third parties. The data that is collected by the new social network is aggregated and anonymous, which makes it useless to Google and the companies’ advertising purposes.

The Nature of Telegram

Telegram is an application for instant messaging, which is based in Russia and is famous for its privacy. The users consider it a great alternative to the WhatsApp platform. Telegram is based on a custom MTProto encryption protocol and applies end-to-end encryption for the secret chats. Telegram became even more popular after Facebook acquired WhatsApp since the company has been strongly criticized for lack of data privacy.
Telegram application is available for Google Android and Apple’s iOS.

DDoS Attack

Both Ello and Telegram were hit by independent distributed denial of service on the last weekend of September. The DDoS attack against Telegram lasted for two days. During the attack, the service was normal in most of the countries, though in some places people lost connections and were not able to send outgoing messages. The user data had not been compromised despite the attack.

There were speculations by some of the social media users that the DDoS attacks and the disruption of service might be associated with the situation in China, since these attacks coincided with the reports that the government of China has hacked WhatsApp as it believed that activists are exchanging messages through that application.

On the same day, Ello also reported that it underwent a DDoS attack that lasted for 45 minutes. The situation was fixed when Ello blocked the IP addresses that were associated with the attack.

The Security Experts

The security expert Martin McKeay from Akamai Technologies stated in front of the SCMagazineUK.com that both Telegram and Ello are targets for two main reasons: they have limited security support and they are growing in popularity. These two reasons make Telegram and Ello the perfect targets for the DDoS attacks.

The security professionals further pointed the fact that the popularity of the communication channel Ello increased overnight, and that brought negative attention as well. The experts further say that the volumetric attacks are now becoming the norm, and they advise all organizations that do business on the Internet to be prepared for such attacks.

The cyber criminals find it easy to carry out DDoS attacks up to 100Gbps, 200Gbps, 300Gbps. That is why the companies have to be active in defending their data from the malicious attacks using mitigation and real-time detection.

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Still No Porn on Google in China

Posted on 24 March 2010 by SlimboCA

Google is still censoring pornographic search results for users in China, even though they are now being redirected to a search engine in Hong Kong that does not block sensitive political content.

As of Monday March 22, the United States-based Internet search giant started rerouting search requests from mainland China through its Hong Kong servers. Despite this rerouting, Chinese censors can still stop unwelcome content from reaching mainland computers. Chinese Web filters – collectively known as the Great Firewall – still automatically weed out pornographic or politically sensitive content before it reaches computers in China.

Though part of China, Hong Kong has a semi-autonomous status due to its history as a British colony, and Google is not legally required to censor results there. If Google’s ploy had worked, particularly given the company’s very public announcement of the plan, then Beijing’s only option would have been restricting Hong Kong’s freedom of information in the name of national security. But Google Inc. says it is still censoring search content for some of its customers in China.

A company spokesperson says the decision underscores the Internet giant’s delicate effort to hold onto its mainland businesses. The decision to provide censored searches was made to honor contracts with current business partners, and Google will continue to meet those commitments, says Jessica Powell, the company’s Tokyo-based spokesperson. She says that all censoring done by Google in China will be phased out in due time.

Meanwhile, top Chinese search engine Baidu Inc could see its sales rise by more than half if Google’s high-profile battle with Beijing escalates this year. Analysts say Baidu can win as much as half of Google China’s search revenue after it shut down its google.cn site and redirects users to its Hong Kong site. That could add as much as $330 million annually to Baidu’s top line, representing a more than 50 percent increase on 2009 revenue of 4.45 billion yuan ($645 million).

Google is also facing a mounting backlash from the Chinese media following its decision to shut down its Chinese search engine. The English-language China Daily accused Google of spreading pornography and subversive content, saying the Chinese web would “continue to grow in a cleaner and more peaceful environment” without google.cn. The Global Times reported that Google had made a “huge strategic misstep” by pulling out of the Chinese market of 380 million online users. The People’s Daily overseas edition accused Google of colluding with the US government security agencies and speculated whether the Google pullout wasn’t the first round in a new US-sponsored Internet war against China.

Foreign firms based in China say Google’s two-month confrontation with the authorities has only underscored the difficulties many multinational companies routinely face in maintaining relationships with local authorities. A survey released by the American Chamber of Commerce reveals that 38 percent of companies felt “unwelcome” in China, up from 26 percent last year. Inconsistent regulations and laws were cited as their biggest concern.

But with 400 million Internet users, China provides the world’s biggest Internet market, and most companies say local difficulties is a small price to pay to do business here.

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China Government Denies any Role in Google Hacking Attacks

Posted on 25 January 2010 by GranTorinoGuy

China Google Hack Attack A war of words is heating up between China and the United States regarding Internet policy.

China has now pleaded innocence in the ongoing cyber attack saga involving Google.

The statements carried on the state news agency Xinhua on Monday, come nearly two weeks after Google threatened to pull out of the country after finding that email accounts belonging to human-rights activists had been compromised.

Google traced the attacks to hackers in China, but has not directly accused the government of being behind them. The increasingly heated dispute is likely to create problems in negotiating a deal that would suit both Google’s and China’s interests.

The company said it remains optimistic it can persuade China’s ruling party to loosen restrictions on free expression on the internet, so it can keep doing business there. But the Chinese government has given little indication it will budge.

Any “accusation that the Chinese government participated in [any] cyber attack, either in an explicit or inexplicit way, is groundless and aims to denigrate China,” an unidentified spokesman for China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology told Xinhua.

“We [are] firmly opposed to that,” the spokesman said. China’s Communist Party’s official People’s Daily newspaper meanwhile, accused the US government of strictly controlling the Internet at home while urging other countries to build an “Internet freedom utopia.” “In reality, this ‘Internet freedom’ that it is marketing everywhere is nothing but a diplomatic strategy, and only an illusion of freedom,” the paper said.

Internet control is considered a critical matter of state security in China. Beijing promotes Internet use for commerce, but heavily censors content it deems pornographic, anti-social or politically subversive and blocks many foreign news and social media sites, including Twitter and Facebook, and YouTube.

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