How One Man With No ‘Leet Skills Became A Soldier in the Georgia-Russia Cyberwar

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I just read a story on Slate that is scary because just any old rag tag group of patriots can form their own ad-hoc coalition to wantonly attack gov’t web sites and hide behind the skirt of anonymity. This is akin to tossing e-Molotov Cocktails. Of course when you break it down, it’s not much different than script kiddies getting their rocks off by attacking a site that they think wronged them in some way.

I guess one simple answer may be to quickly block http requests from the attacker’s country at the backbone to try to protect your own infrastructure.

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My experiment also might shed some light on why the recent cyberwar has been so hard to pin down and why no group in particular has claimed responsibility. Paranoid that the Kremlin’s hand is everywhere, we risk underestimating the great patriotic rage of many ordinary Russians, who, having been fed too much government propaganda in the last few days, are convinced that they need to crash Georgian Web sites. Many Russians undoubtedly went online to learn how to make mischief, as I did. Within an hour, they, too, could become cyberwarriors.

Read contributing author Evgeny Morozov’s confession and details on Slate.

Conspiracy, Web

Steampunk Wallpaper

Steampunk Wallpaper! Some in widescreen format, too.

Sample thumbnails:

Steampunk Wallpaper

Stumble of the Day

Wonder Woman – Animated Movie Trailer

The direct to DVD animated Wonder Woman movie is scheduled for release in Feb 2009.

Plot: Ares (the god of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge using the mystical “Hand of Rage,” an ancient artifact with the power to raise armies from the dead and infuse them with a thirst for blood. Ares intends to start a world war that will not only last for centuries – but will wipe out every living being on the planet, starting with the Amazons. It is up to Princess Diana to save her people and the world – by using her gifts and becoming the ultimate Wonder Woman.

Of course WW is joined by Army fighter pilot Steve Trevor.

Entertainment

GOOG No Longer the New King of Silicon Valley, Market Value Overtaken By Hi-Tech Rival

Jobs

One guess who nipped out Google in market value this week by coming in at $158.8 billion compared to GOOG’s $157.2 billion.

One of the top innovators on the planet, that’s who…now bigger than Jesus?

News Links

Pixar Animation Software to Get Boost on Windows Supercomputers

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With the upcoming release of the new Windows High Performance Computing 64 bit Server OS that targets clusters and supercomputers, the big daddy of movie animators, Pixar, has committed to upgrading to this version for rendering their animated flix. I guess now they can leverage thousands of processor cores and have plenty of headroom for that next Toy Story.

Software